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  ANTIGUA  



ABBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Stingerz join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Stingerz - HS Outlaws 82-55

Stingerz completed ABBA semifinals picture. They rallied past HS Outlaws in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Stingerz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Stingerz arrived at halftime up by 20 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
gschID: 545196





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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.9 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Solano, Echague19.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.2 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.17.8 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas17.3 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.8 
 9. Harper, Quimsa16.7 
 10. Deck, San Lorenzo16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.1 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.4 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.6 
 5. Justiz, Estudian.9.0 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.8 
 7. Wood, San M.8.7 
 8. Francis, La Union8.7 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.7 
 10. Vargas, GECR I.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Olimpico.
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Stanic, Olimpico.6.4 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.2 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.9 
 4. Aguirre, San L.5.6 
 5. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.4 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Vildoza, Quilm.1.7 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Redivo, Weber B.1.5 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.4 
 10. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.5 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.4 
 6. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Acuna, Penarol1.0 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.5 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.20.6 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.0 
 4. McCullough, Alianza .19.5 
 5. Brown, La Union19.5 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.2 
 7. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.17.7 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Pais, Platense17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Dodson, Petr.Arg.10.2 
 3. Graham, Temperley8.9 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.4 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.3 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB8.2 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 10. Okoye, Salta Basket7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.9 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.3 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.5 
 7. Gandoy, Obera TC4.4 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.3 
 10. Arese, Estudian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darnell DODSON
  Petr.Arg.
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Dodson, Petr.Arg.2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.2 
 3. Punet, Salta Basket2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Cequeira, Villa A.1.9 
 8. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.7 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Efese, Gimnasia LP1.6 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Okoye, Salta Basket1.0 
 8. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Overview of TNA Round 4 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petr.Argentino - Estudiantes O. 86-84

Petr.Argentino held off Estudiantes O. to even the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lucas Diaz (198-92) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Joaquin Gamazo (198-91) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Estudiantes O.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: R.Sanchez 25+8reb+3ast, L.Portillo 16+3reb+1ast, J.Gamazo 16+6reb+2ast, S.Arese 10+4reb+5ast, D.Figueredo 7+5reb+4ast, E.Dominguez 6+2reb
Petr.Argentino: L.Diaz 24+6reb+2ast, D.Dodson 18+11reb+4ast, F.Gago 18+4reb+3ast, M.Castets 15+3reb+1ast, D.Pineda 6+2reb, S.Gandolfo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545317


Independiente BBC - Hindu 81-88

Hindu upset Independiente BBC on the road to win the series 3-1. Hindu made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Independiente BBC. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 20+7reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 15+10reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 13+4reb+6ast, J.Aprea 12+6reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 12+3reb+4ast, M.Vittar 6+2ast
Hindu: N.Paletta 23+4reb+7ast, K.Jones 18+9reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 15+6reb+5ast, M.Coronel 13+1reb+4ast, P.Moya 12+11reb+2ast, S.Mora 5
gschID: 545318


Gimnasia LP - Alianza Viedma 64-69

Alianza Viedma upset Gimnasia LP on the road to advance into quarterfinal stage. Alianza Viedma made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American swingman OLouis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Maximiliano Tabieres (198-89) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Five Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gimnasia LP.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 24+4reb+6ast, J.Efese 18+8reb, R.Rosende 10+5reb+2ast, J.Lancieri 6+2reb+1ast, M.Segon 4+2reb, R.Salvatierra 2+3reb
Alianza Viedma: M.Tabieres 15+3reb, O.McCullough 13+5reb+1ast, A.Knecht 12+3reb+3ast, M.Gaynor 10+7reb+1ast, L.Nwogbo 10+5reb, P.Franco 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 545316


Villa San Martin - Comunicaciones 48-95

Comunicaciones reached the next round of playoffs following a comfortable road win over Villa San Martin. Comunicaciones made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Villa San Martin outrebounded Comunicaciones 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. Quite impressive performance for Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jose De-Felippo contributed with 11 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 9 points (made all of his eight free throws) in the effort for Villa San Martin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: M.Cabrera 14+1reb+5ast, F.Aldama 9+4reb+1ast, A.Carnovale 7+3reb, J.Morales 5+5reb+1ast, G.Saavedra 4+3reb, G.Mascaro 3+1reb
COMUNICACIONES: G.Essengue 14+7reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 11+4reb+4ast, M.Aristu 11+6reb+2ast, G.Torres 10+2reb+3ast, N.Gimenez 9+2reb, C.Romero 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 545315


San Isidro - Villa Angela 83-70

San Isidro topped Villa Angela to level the series at 2-2. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jonathan Durley (203-88, college: Wichita St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds and center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who added 9 points and 16 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Cesar Avalle (189-85) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
VILLA ANGELA: N.Carter 21+5reb+1ast, C.Avalle 14+4reb+3ast, M.Garcia 10+2reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+4reb+1ast, T.Rossi 7+5reb, J.Federico Giarrafa 6+4reb
SAN ISIDRO: J.Durley 20+9reb+3ast, J.Kelly 16+1reb+4ast, M.Corzo 12+2reb+2ast, S.Gonzalez 9+16reb+1ast, A.Lozano 8+5ast, S.Acevedo 7+5reb
gschID: 545314


Platense - Parque Sur 93-102

Parque Sur overcame Platense to claim 3-1 victory in the series. The winners were led by power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) who scored that evening 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Parque Sur players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) by guard Felipe Pais (185-90) did not help to save the game for CA Platense. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 14 points for lost side. CA Platense's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 19+5reb+7ast, K.Gayden 14+2reb+1ast, I.Romani 10+1ast, D.Mansilla 10+1reb+1ast, F.Lopez 9, K.Young 9+2reb+1ast
PARQUE SUR: S.Bernasconi 26+7reb+2ast, A.Jure 22+1reb+3ast, E.Bolling 15+9reb+2ast, J.Stroud 12+3reb, A.Richard 12+3reb+2ast, G.Mariani 10+3reb+1ast
gschID: 545312


BHY Tiro Federal - Union SF 69-84

Union SF made it into the next round after they crushed BHY Tiro Federal away from home. Union SF made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) fired 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) added 17 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 24+12reb, M.Ceruti 17+3reb+1ast, L.Strack 9+5reb+2ast, E.Correa 8+3reb+8ast, L.Cecchi 5+5reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 4+1reb
Union SF: B.Barovero 34+7reb+1ast, P.Tabarez 20+6reb+1ast, M.Stibbins 8+1reb, M.Isola 8+4reb+2ast, J.Godoy 6+1reb, F.Podesta 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545313





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Sanders' 40-point game gives him State League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Forward Jerrell Sanders (198-F) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Norwood F. and receives a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 40 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Norwood F. in his team's victory, helping them to beat W.Adelaide B. (2-2) 95-88. Norwood F. is placed at 4th position in their group in Australian State League. Norwood F. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. In the team's last game Sanders had a remarkable 63.2% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Norwood F., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jerrell Sanders averages this season 25.3ppg, 8.5rpg and 4.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Eian Davis (185-G-90) of S.Adelaide P.. He is American guard in his first season at S.Adelaide P.. In the last game Davis recorded impressive 37 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as S.Adelaide P. lost that game 83-93 to the higher-ranked Norwood F. (2-2). This loss caused S.Adelaide P. to drop to 7th position in Premier League. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is one of the most experienced players at S.Adelaide P. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Majok Deng (208-F-93) of league's leader Forestville E.. Deng got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and five assists. He was a key player of Forestville E., leading his team to a 121-70 easy win against the lower-ranked C.District L. (#8, 1-3). Forestville E. started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game in Premier League. Deng turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Deng has a great season in Australia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Monroe (201-F) of Maitland M. - 33 points and 17 rebounds
5. Dillon Stith (200-F-92) of McKinnon C. - 33 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of Southern T. - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Antonio Garrett (198-F) of Forestville E. - 27 points and 11 rebounds
8. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Perth Redbacks - 30 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nic Pozoglou (196-F) of Bankstown B. - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Dee Oldham (193-G-94) of W.Adelaide B. - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.4 
 3. Miletic, Vienna19.1 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.0 
 6. Stazic, Vienna17.0 
 7. Rados, Klostern.17.0 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart15.9 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.6 
 10. Murati, Gmunden15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.8 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia9.0 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.7 
 6. Lamesic, Wels7.4 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.6.6 
 9. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
 10. Cumberbatch, Oberw.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.3 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.7 
 8. ONeal, Wels4.6 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 10. Payton, Wels3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 3. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Payton, Wels1.5 
 6. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 7. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 8. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Krivokapic, UBSC G.1.4 
 10. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 4. Chan, Wels1.1 
 5. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 6. Koch, Vienna0.9 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.0.9 
 8. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 35 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked UBSC Graz (7-25) made lots of trouble for second ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) on Friday. The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only five-point victory 96-91. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Povilas Gaidys who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 22-10 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 25 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 35th round was 23 points and 14 rebounds by Jozo Rados of Klosterneuburg.

Oberwart - Furstenfeld 74-60

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (13-19) were defeated on the road by first ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (27-5) 74-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 49-26 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Benjamin Blazevic (204-95) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) produced 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 27-5 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will face Vienna (#4) in Wien in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against Dukes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: S.Iliev 15+4reb, J.Ernst 14+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+2reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 6+11reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 5+1ast, D.Jandl 5+2reb
Oberwart: J.Szkutta 14+5reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 14+14reb+1ast, J.Traylor 13+9reb+3ast, D.Jackson 12+3reb+7ast, S.Kaeferle 10+2reb+1ast, C.Kuakumensah 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 495090


Wels - Arkadia 80-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (16-16) defeated at home 5th ranked Arkadia Lions (16-16) 80-71 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Raiffeisen Wels looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Kevin Payton (196-86, college: Minnesota) chipped in 18 points. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) added 11 points and 12 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Raiffeisen Wels will have a break next round. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 26+5reb+4ast, M.Draskovic 12+9reb+1ast, J.Detrick 12+2reb+4ast, B.Danek 11+4reb+12ast, M.Trmal 5+4reb, F.Memcic 5
Wels: D.Lamesic 22+8reb+4ast, K.Payton 18+4reb+3ast, T.Csebits 15+5reb+4ast, D.Cigoja 13+8reb+3ast, A.Chan 8+4reb, L.O'Neal 4+3reb+7ast
gschID: 495089


UBSC Graz - Gmunden 91-96 OT

Eighth-ranked UBSC Graz (7-25) made lots of trouble for second ranked Gmunden Swans (22-10) on Friday. The visitors from Gmunden managed to secure only five-point victory 96-91. However their fans expected much easier game. Gmunden Swans dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. UBSC Graz was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Povilas Gaidys (208-91, college: Southeastern, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. International Anton Maresch (191-91) produced a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 10 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 22-10 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 25 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen in the next round. UBSC Graz will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 41+3reb+10ast, M.Krivokapic 17+3reb+1ast, F.Richter 11+3reb+4ast, A.Domitner 9+4reb+1ast, D.Brcina 7+7reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 6+7reb
Gmunden: T.Klette 21+3reb+2ast, E.Murati 17+5reb+2ast, P.Gaidys 16+12reb+3ast, M.Ojo 15+3reb+2ast, A.Wesby 13+3reb+3ast, D.Friedrich 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 495088


Klosterneuburg - Kapfenberg 74-82

Very expected game in Klosterneuburg where 9th ranked Dukes (4-28) were defeated by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (21-11) 82-74 on Friday. Dukes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and guard Clemens Leydolf (190-96) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five Dukes players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain third place with 21-11 record having six points less than leader Oberwart. Dukes lost twentieth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Kapfenberg Bulls will face UBSC Graz (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dukes will play against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 23+14reb+1ast, C.Leydolf 16+5reb+7ast, L.Burgemeister 13+2reb+2ast, G.Bezhanishvili 10+1reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 10+7reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 2+1reb
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 24+7reb+2ast, K.Jamar 22+6reb+3ast, A.Woschank 12+4reb+3ast, B.Vujosevic 11+5reb+5ast, N.Krstic 7+3reb, F.Kramer 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495091





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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Iberostar Tenerife see off Umana Reyer, join Banvit in Final - by Eurobasket News

Tenerife - Umana Reyer 67:58

Iberostar Tenerife will clash with Banvit for Basketball Champions League title. They outgunned Umana Reyer in the second semifinal in Tenerife tonight. Tim Abromaitis (203-F-89, college: Notre Dame) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Umana Reyer stayed ahead early in the game. The Italian team established a 21:16 lead after the first frame. But Iberostar Tenerife turned the tables in the second period. The home side went on a 24:13 run to secure a 40:34 halftime lead. Tenerife held their opponents to just 8 points in the third term to extend the margin at 14-point mark. Umana Reyer could not get within striking distance throughout the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances) finished with 11 points, while Giorgos Bogris (210-C-89) chipped in 10 points in the win. Marquez Haynes (191-PG-86, college: Texas Arlington) responded with 13 points for Umana Reyer. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) banked in 11 points in the defeat.

Tenerife: Tim Abromaitis 19, Aaron Doornekamp 11, Giorgos Bogris 10
Umana Reyer: Marquez Haynes 13, Hrvoje Peric 11



Banvit outscore Monaco, enter Final - by Eurobasket News

Banvit - Monaco 83:74

Banvit became the first Champions League finalists. They overcame Monaco in the first Final Four clash in Tenerife today. Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) scored 21 points and issued 11 assists to lead the winners.
Monaco jumped to a 23:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The French powerhouse maintained the lead throughout the second term. Monaco secured a 45:37 halftime advantage. Banvit however changed the complexion of the game in the second half. The Turkish team stiffened defensively in the third term. They held Monaco to just 8 points in the period to ensure a 2-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Banvit drained 28 points in the final frame and got away with a tough victory at the end. Gediminas Orelik (199-G/F-90) finished with 16 points, while Furkan Korkmaz (198-G-97) added 13 points for the winners. Jamal Shuler (191-SG-86) responded with 20 points for Monaco. Billy Ouattara (191-SG-92) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Banvit: Jordan Theodore 21+11 assists, Gediminas Orelik 16, Furkan Korkmaz 13
Monaco: Jamal Shuler 20, Billy Ouattara 11



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Miller-M., Leuven17.2 
 2. Clark, Antwerp17.0 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.6 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.4 
 7. Demps, Mons-Hai.13.8 
 8. Badji, Kangoeroes13.8 
 9. Ware, Antwerp13.6 
 10. Samhan, Leuven13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Anderson, Antwerp8.5 
 2. Badji, Kangoeroes7.1 
 3. Amis, Aalstar7.0 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.6 
 6. Ware, Antwerp6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels6.2 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .5.9 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.6 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 3. Anderson, Limburg .5.3 
 4. Channels, Kango.4.8 
 5. Loubry, Brussels4.6 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.2 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.2 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Hertay, Liege3.7 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Miller-M., Leuven1.9 
 2. Channels, Kango.1.6 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Simpson, Liege1.5 
 5. Hertay, Liege1.4 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Billbury, Leuven1.3 
 8. Clark, Antwerp1.3 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Marnegrave, Spirou1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Aalstar
  (206-PF-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 2. Fields, Liege1.0 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende0.8 
 4. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 5. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 6. Henry, Kangoeroes0.8 
 7. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Olah, Mons-Hainaut0.6 


Belgian Euromillions League round 32 best performance: Brandon Ubel - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Brussels, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kangoeroes (#4, 17-15) with 40-point margin 114-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Brussels maintains the 3rd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Brussels will need more victories to improve their 19-13 record. In the team's last game Ubel had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Brussels and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Nebraska star has very solid stats this year. Ubel is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United. Tuttle had a very good evening with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Limburg United to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Aalstar (#5, 17-16) 100-73. Limburg United's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-16 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tuttle is a newcomer at Limburg United, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.9rpg and 3.6apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of league's second-best Antwerp. Ware scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ware's great performance Antwerp lost 78-83 to the lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 15-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 20 victories and 12 lost games. Ware has a great season in Belgium. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84) of Brussels - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. J.J. Mann (198-G/F-91) of Mons-Hainaut - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Corey Walden (188-G-92) of Oostende - 14 points and 6 assists
7. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
9. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jerime Anderson (187-PG-89) of Limburg United - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 13 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Preselection Belgian Lions Eurobasket 2017 - by Patrick Ceulemans

Ccoach Eddy Casteels and his staff present the 24-player pre-selection for Eurobasket 2017 in Turkey / Istanbul. The Belgian Lions take part in the European Championships for the fourth time in a row. European players like Sam Van Rossom (Valencia), Axel Hervelle (Bilbao) and Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos Piraeus) have been in the selection for the first time since 2015 and celebrate their comeback. Of the 2016 qualifiers Lionel Bosco (Bergen) is the only absentee.
Preselection Belgian Lions
Thomas Akyazili (University of Colorado-USA); Ismael Bako (Leuven Bears); Khalid Boukichou (Oostende); Maxime De Zeeuw (Oldenburg-GER); Pierre-Antoine Gillet (Oostende) ;Amaury Gorgemans (Mons) ;Axel Hervelle (Bilbao-ESP) ;Ioann Iarochevitch (Charleroi) ;Vincent Kesteloot (Oostende) ;Elias Lasisi (Le Portel-FRA); Manu Lecomte (Baylor University-USA); Matt Lojeski (Olympiakos-GRE); Dorian Marchant (Antwerp Giants); Niels Marnegrave (Charleroi); Jean-Marc Mwema (Oostende);Retin Obasohan (Avellino-ITA); Jean Salumu (Oostende);Loic Schwartz (Charleroi);Quentin Serron (Gravelines-FRA);Jonathan Tabu (Bilbao-ESP);Olivier Troisfontaines (Okapi Aalstar);Kevin Tumba (Murcia-ESP);Sam Van Rossom (Valencia-ESP);Hans Vanwijn (Limburg United)
More info:: www.basketbelgium.be



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Glover comes back to Univ. San Simon, ex Hyundai-TSU - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Club Universidad San Simon (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Matt Glover (196-96kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Cochabamba as he has played here before. Glover He played recently at Hyundai-TSU Tbilisi in Georgian A League. Glover also played that season for Abejas in Mexican LNBP where in 12 A League games he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.8apg this season.
Glover's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bolivia



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Kendall ANTHONY
  Macae
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Anthony, Macae20.7 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.4 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.3 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.3 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia18.2 
 9. Andrade, Bauru18.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.9.7 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.7 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.7 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.6 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros6.7 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 8. Andrade, Bauru6.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.4 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Borges, Franca5.5 
 4. Garcia, Bauru5.3 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.2 
 6. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.1 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.8 
 8. Rodgers, Minas4.7 
 9. Dawkins, Vitoria4.6 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.9 
 2. Jackson, Vasco D.1.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 6. Schneider, Macae1.6 
 7. Machado, B.Cea.1.6 
 8. Rodgers, Minas1.6 
 9. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 10. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo KLASSMANN
  B.Cea.
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Klassmann, B.Cea.1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 3. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.8 
 4. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Lenz, Pinheiros0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Teichmann, Pinheiros0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Tavares, L.Sorocaba0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 17
 1. Sena, Contagem17.0 
 2. Vezaro, Joinville16.3 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.16.2 
 4. Gaines, Blumenau15.3 
 5. Stocks, Blumenau14.6 
 6. Filho, Botafogo.14.5 
 7. Maistro, Contagem13.2 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.12.9 
 9. Alvim, Contagem12.0 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Prado, Brusque10.5 
 2. Sena, Contagem8.5 
 3. Moreira, Botafogo.8.3 
 4. Silva, Blumenau8.3 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.1 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.7.0 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.8 
 8. Perez, Botafogo.6.8 
 9. Gaines, Blumenau6.4 
 10. Jeronimo, Joinville6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Smith, Botafogo.4.6 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem4.3 
 3. Froehlich, Joinville4.1 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.9 
 5. Semmke, Blumenau3.3 
 6. Stocks, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque2.9 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.2.9 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.6 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Deonta STOCKS
  Blumenau
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Stocks, Blumenau3.7 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.2 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau2.0 
 4. Vezaro, Joinville1.7 
 5. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.6 
 6. Perez, Contagem1.5 
 7. Romualdo, Contagem1.3 
 8. Froehlich, Joinville1.3 
 9. Prado, Brusque1.2 
 10. Lima, Santos/M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley SENA
  Contagem
  (210-C/F-96)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sena, Contagem1.2 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.1 
 3. Silva, Blumenau0.8 
 4. Perez, Botafogo.0.8 
 5. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 6. Tiago, Brusque0.7 
 7. Lima, Santos/M.0.7 
 8. Jeronimo, Joinville0.6 
 9. Ferreira, Botafogo.0.5 
 10. Machado, Santos/M.0.5 


Results and Stats from NBB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mogi - Vitoria 83-87

Vitoria outgunned Mogi das Cruzes on the road to even the series at 1-1. Universo/Vitoria outrebounded Mogi 39-23 including a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Universo/Vitoria especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 6 assists and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) added 17 points in the effort for Mogi. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 24+4reb+6ast, C.Silveira 18+4reb, T.Curnell 17+4reb+3ast, J.de Oliveira 12+2reb+2ast, L.Taylor 6+2reb+3ast, G.Santo 3+5reb+1ast
Vitoria: K.Sheard 24+6reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 18+8reb+3ast, C.Hayes 16+3reb+4ast, D.Kurtz 11+6reb, R.Scholz 6+4reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 4+5reb
gschID: 544909


Franca - Paulistano 92-79

Franca gained the opening victory against Paulistano claiming a comfortable home success. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Paulistano's 22. Point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Five Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Eddy Carvalho (196-87) responded with 14 points and forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 16+1reb, E.Carvalho 14+3reb+2ast, A.Pecos 9+2reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 9+2reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 9+7reb+1ast, G.Lucas 6+5reb+3ast
Franca: I.Goncalves 18+4reb, L.Cipolini 15+2reb, A.Borges 14+5reb+9ast, H.Coelho 13+6reb+4ast, A.Ferreira 12+4reb+1ast, P.Lima 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544908


Flamengo - Pinheiros 83-73

Flamengo held off Pinheiros to secure 2-0 lead in the series. Flamengo made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Pinheiros was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (183-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 19 points during the contest. American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 21+5reb+4ast, C.Bennett 18+2reb+1ast, G.Barbosa 11+7reb+2ast, G.Teichmann 9+6reb+3ast, R.Ansaloni 6+8reb, A.Neto 5+2reb+2ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 22+7reb+5ast, R.Ramon 19+1reb+1ast, R.Fischer 10+5reb+4ast, R.de Souza 8+3reb+1ast, O.Rodriguez 7+8reb+1ast, M.Machado 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 544907


Brasilia - Bauru 73-77

Bauru overcame Brasilia to level things up at 1-1. Brasilia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and international point guard Deryk Ramos (185-94) scored 20 points. Brasilia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: D.Ramos 20+2reb+1ast, L.Mariano 19+5reb, A.Oliveira 11+1reb+1ast, P.Alves 10+5reb+4ast, F.de Assis 8+5reb+5ast, G.Giovannoni 5+11reb+2ast
Bauru: G.Santos 19+2reb, J.Carlos Junior 17+2reb+2ast, A.Garcia 15+5reb+5ast, L.Meindl 12+5reb+5ast, V.Silva 8+1reb+3ast, S.Santos 4+3reb
gschID: 544906





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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Oil Nut Bay hosts local basketball team Bayside Blazers - by David Edole

PRESS RELEASE - The local basketball team Bayside Blazers, founded in 2014, was on April 14 hosted for a tour and lunch at the world famous Oil Nut Bay, on the island of Virgin Gorda, BVI.

Both members and players from the junior Bayside Blazers and the senior Basketball team were in attendance, and were invited by the owner of Oil Nut Bay who is millionaire Mr David V. Johnson - the Chairman of Victor International. Oil Nut Bay is a sponsor of the Bayside Blazers Basketball Team.

Always be your best - Johnson

Once on the high-end property, Mr Johnson gave the team a motivational speech on what it takes to succeed, relevant life lessons about his businesses, winning, and his injury in a pool accident when he was just 28 and was told he would never walk again.

The businessman encouraged team members to always have some focus, and ensure to strive to be in good mental and physical health. 'Be motivated and give it your best, while valuing the importance of team work in which every member plays their role.'

Mr Johnson, a visionary developer, has spent more than $100M of his own money on infrastructural development for Oil Nut Bay located on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda.

The multi-million dollar Oil Nut Bay Project, when completed, will include high-end homes for sale that could range from $20M and up, with its own water and electricity, sports facilitates, children's centre, a marina village with over 91 berths, shops, and a second restaurant - to name a few.

Many North American and European rich and famous have already purchased completed homes on Oil Nut Bay, as the project is expected to be ongoing for another ten to fifteen years, pumping money into the local British Virgin Islands economy.

Besides sponsorship of sporting events, Mr Johnson, through his Victor International, has dedicated a foundation to supporting social events on Virgin Gorda, according to Senior Executive Clyde Lettsome, who was also instrumental in organising the teams' visit.

Bayside Blazers more than Basketball - Willock

Bayside Blazers Manager Julian Willock said the members and players who were able to make it out on 'Good Friday' were impressed with the development, along with the 'wise words from Mr Johnson'.

'Our team is more than basketball,' stated Mr Willock. 'What we say to our sponsors is that our players want jobs, scholarships, mentoring, and business opportunities, as we want to provide support for the other needs of the player.'

Mr Willock, a former Permanent Secretary with the Government of the BVI, said he came away from the visit with a new perspective on the project and works ongoing at Oil Nut Bay. 'I left with a clear understanding of how this project contributes to the local economy.'

He added that he trusts that some of the Bayside Blazers players will also embrace the 'entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Johnson and become the next local millionaire developer'.

A history of winning

Bayside Blazers, in 2014, won the Championship rings in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League on Tortola. In 2015 and 2016, they also participated in the same League, making the play-offs in both years.

In 2016, Bayside Blazers were the men open's Champions in the now popular K & J 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament.

In addition, just about two weeks ago, Bayside Blazers won the 16-18 Championship in the K & J Tournament - a first for the newly formed Junior Bayside Blazers. The senior team made the K & J 3 on 3 Championship men playoffs, but did not win.

This year, Bayside Blazers will have a 'B' Division Team in the Federation League in Road Town, Tortola, and they are considering both a Jr and Sr team in the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League, according to their Head Coach.

Persons making the trip on April 14, 2017 to Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda, besides Mr Willock, were Bayside Blazers Head Coach Rhennie O. Phipps; players Dion M. Blyden, Ryan R. Alfred, Frankly L. Penn, Kimani T. Stevens; and a baller who played with the team for the 2017 3 on 3 K & J Tournament, Killven M. Samuel.

In addition, the Junior Bayside Blazers players in attendance were Devante A. Brewley, Jachoy M. S. Walwyn and Nixon M. Hamilton.

Bayside Blazers has attracted many of the Territory's top basketball players as well as overseas players from Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, and the United States Virgin Islands.



Gold Rings & new Jr League ages for 2017 Hon Fraser B/Ball League - by David Edole

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Teams in the 5th Annual Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League will be literally going for gold, gold rings that is.
The League has announced that in celebration of its 5th year anniversary, the 2017 Championship team will be awarded gold rings. This is according to Chairwoman of the League Committee, Mrs Kharid T. Fraser.

She said in a press release issued April 25, 2017 that, 'it was thought that as the League reached this milestone we had to do something different, and we thought that gold rings will be appropriate to show our appreciation to the players, coaches and managers for their hard work, commitment and dedication to the League.'

It is not clear at this time if Digicel BVI will be sponsoring the rings as they have done for the past three years, and Mrs Fraser told this news site she was not at liberty to disclose who the sponsor will be.

Nevertheless, the announcement is sure to add further excitement and intense competition among teams in this year's league.

Mrs Fraser promised; however, that in the coming weeks a date will be made public on the schedule of the 2017 season, which will begin in August.

New Jr League ages

Meanwhile, Mrs Fraser added that the By-Laws that govern the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League were amendment by the League Committee and approved by the Directors to make provision for two different age groups for the Junior League.

Effective in the 2017 season there will be a 9 to 12 and 13 to 16 age group. The Junior League coordinator is basketball superstar Mr Jason A. Edwin.

Mrs Fraser also thanked the many sponsors who have supported the Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed Basketball League over the past four years.

The League was founded in 2013 by Hon Julian Fraser RA, the Third District Representative and Bishop John I. Cline of the Save the Seed Energy Centre and New Life Baptist Church.

The objectives of the Basketball League include to provide wholesome basketball competitive games in a family environment while promoting discipline and respect for each player, fans, the League Committee, the game, God and country.



Kennedy H. Bass named Senior MVP of Hon Maduro-Caines League - by David Edole

DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Led by Most Valuable Player (MVP) and veteran basketball player, Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson, SC), East pulled off a decisive 64-62 win over the Lions on Sunday April 23, 2017 at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola to lift the Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines District Six Basketball Championship.
The series was tied at 1-1 after games on Friday and Saturday, but both teams were full of energy and dynamic plays during game 3, which saw the East lead from wire to wire, but never able to close out their opponents.

Taking a four-point lead into the second quarter, the East pulled away to lead 34-25 at the half and carried a six-point lead at 48-42 into the final 8 minutes.

The Lions came out aggressively to pull within two points as the clock ran down and despite two free throws from Ray D. Victor, who also gave away a Technical Foul on the same play, the Lions kept coming.

They controlled the ball into the dying seconds and had two attempts to level the game, including one at the buzzer, but Bass and the East would not be denied.

Bass finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Ray D. Victor also 16 points with 3 rebounds and Douron Phillip 18 points.

'A great duel'

Bass was a tired but happy man to not only be MVP, but also part of a Championship team. 'Yes we are very pleased and it was a great duel. Playing 3 games in a row was tough, but we held on for the victory. They [Lions] came out more aggressive in the fourth quarter, as they had to, being behind, but we stayed together defensively, stuck it out and made some key plays when it mattered.'

Tournament organiser Eustace 'Boss' Freeman was also happy with the ways things had gone. 'This year we included the 'B' Division, so it was great to see the High School Boys involved. All the games have been exciting and competitive and [we] look forward to building the Tournament with more teams and fans coming out to support what we are doing.'

See previous article published April 23, 2017

East edge Lions to win Hon Maduro-Caines Sr League

Experience trumped youth, although very narrowly, when East defeated Lions in the deciding championship game of the Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines Senior Men's Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola this evening, April 23, 2017.

Going into the best of three final at 1-1, after Lions of Purcell drew first blood on Friday April 21, 2017 and East hitting back on Saturday, East prevailed 64-62 in the final clash.

The game was billed as a matchup of youth and experience, with East boasting players such as Ray D. Victor, Kennedy H. Bass, Kerry J. Thomas, Cedrick King and Phillip Glasgow, while Lions had on their side players such as Dion M. Blyden, Jevon K. Serrant, Devorn H. Furlonge, Stephon S. Caul and Kimron A. Telemaque.



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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Shelton, Rilski21.1 
 2. Semple, Akademik.20.5 
 3. Ivanov, Levski19.6 
 4. Petkov, Yambol18.0 
 5. Smith, Akademik PL18.0 
 6. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.4 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan17.1 
 8. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.3 
 9. Savic, Spartak .16.3 
 10. Bozov, Rilski15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.3 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.2 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.5 
 4. Sekulovic, Balkan9.2 
 5. Savic, Spartak .8.5 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.4 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.2 
 8. Bruinsma, Rilski7.8 
 9. Daniels, Balkan7.5 
 10. Jones, Beroe7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.7.0 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.0 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.6 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.5 
 5. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.5.0 
 6. Dudev, Spartak .4.9 
 7. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 8. Bozov, Rilski4.4 
 9. Hadjirusev, Levski4.3 
 10. Marinov, Balkan4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.2.0 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.0 
 3. Semple, Akademik.2.0 
 4. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 5. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 6. Gibson, Beroe1.8 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.6 
 9. Jones, Beroe1.6 
 10. Beane, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Semple, Akademik.2.1 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Varbanov, Yambol1.0 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Savic, Spartak .0.8 
 8. Petkov, Yambol0.7 
 9. Daniels, Balkan0.6 
 10. Gudul, Beroe0.6 


Overview of NBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Beroe - Spartak Pleven 81-69

Beroe held off Spartak Pleven in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 25+8reb+2ast, O.Gudul 16+7reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 15+4reb+3ast, S.Tesija 12+6reb+1ast, T.Todorov 4+7reb, N.Nikolov 4
Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 19+8reb+2ast, M.Savic 15+7reb+3ast, A.Gruev 11+1reb+4ast, M.Marinov 7+4reb+2ast, M.Dudev 6+2reb+7ast, G.Nikolov 6+2reb
gschID: 545160


Akademik PL - Cherno More 91-73

Akademik PL cruised past Cherno More to take 1-0 lead. Cherno More was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Academik Plovdiv forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Academik Plovdiv brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. His fellow American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) contributed with 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv's coach Asen Nikolov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) answered with 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cherno More.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: S.Smith 26+2reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 16+3reb+9ast, J.Semple 13+12reb+3ast, V.Mihaylov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Davis 8+4reb, M.Sutulovic 5+1reb+1ast
Cherno More: V.Hristov 16+3reb+4ast, S.Tsonkov 14+5reb+4ast, D.Karamfilov 11+3reb+5ast, F.Dedijer 8+5reb+1ast, N.Djuric 8+5reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545159


Lukoil Acad. - Yambol 109-71

Lukoil Academic marched past Yambol to secure the winning start to the quarterfinal campaign. The game without a history. Lukoil Acad. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Yambol's 40. Lukoil Acad. forced 20 Yambol turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Yambol's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (187-86) contributed with 9 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (199-93) added 13 points in the effort for Yambol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 15+1reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 14+4reb+2ast, A.Beane 14+7reb+7ast, D.Agre 14+5reb, D.Gibson 13+2reb+4ast, M.Korniyenko 10+6reb
Yambol: S.Petkov 18+6reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 13+4reb, V.Petkov 11+2reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 10+3reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 6+6reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 545158


Rilski - Balkan 81-79

Rilski topped Balkan to secure 1-0 advantage in the series. Rilski made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while Balkan only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Balkan 42-26 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rilski looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Martin Durchev (203-87) added 17 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rilski: E.Bruinsma 23+11reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 21+4reb+8ast, N.Stoyanov 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 10+5reb+2ast, D.Vutev 6+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+4reb
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 23+8reb+2ast, M.Durchev 17+1reb+8ast, A.Hott 12+5reb+6ast, T.Daniels 12+5reb, D.Cvetkovic 6+3reb, N.Marinov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 545161





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  CHINA  


Du Feng and Li Nan named coaches of China's national teams - by Eurobasket News

Retired national team veterans Du Feng and Li Nan (198-F-74) were recently named as head coaches of a China's revamped national basketball program. Earlier this month, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) announced that they will take a unique approach in preparing for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Instead of having a single national men's team, which is the international standard, China will develop two independent national teams that will take turns playing in international tournaments during 2017 and 2018. The two teams will have different players, managers and, of course, coaches, which is where Du and Li come in. All this is the brainchild of Chinese basketball living legend Yao Ming, the recently-elected CBA President. Du and Li are two of the most successful and decorated players to ever participate in the CBA and don China's national kit. Li was one of China's fiercest perimeter threats in the late 90s and early 2000s, and he served as an assistant coach to Gong Luming in their gold medal campaign at the FIBA Asia Championship 2015. Du, for his part, was a versatile forward and fixture for the national side for most tournaments between 2001 to 2010. His retirement at just 30 years old was viewed by many as quite premature, but his career has come full circle by being a head coach of the team for which he played. Du served as the head coach for GuangDong this past season, leading the Souther Tigers to the Finals against eventual champions Xinjiang. It is no surprise then that he was named one of China's two national head coaches. In addition, they played together in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but, ironically, will be expected to compete with each other for the lone head coaching spot starting in 2019, which is when the two separate national teams will then merge into one team for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Olympics in 2020.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



Zhou Qi Hoping To Sign With Rockets For 2017/18 - by Eurobasket News

One of the Rockets' second-round picks from 2016, Chinese big man Qi Zhou (7'2''-C-96), is in Houston to train with the team and hopes to initiate contract talks for the 2017/18 season, agent Tony Leng suggests to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. 'We will be training with the Rockets,' Leng said. 'We are looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA. Right now, we are focused on training.' Zhou, the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, reportedly remains under contract with China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers for another four years beyond this season. However, he is said to have an NBA out clause worth $650K this year, opening the door for him to come stateside. Zhou, a 7'2 center, is still just 21 years old, so it remains to be seen if the Rockets will want to bring him over for the 2017/18 season, since he's not likely to play a meaningful role in Houston quite yet. The Rockets' decision may hinge on whether they want to take on Zhou's developmental years themselves or wait until he becomes more of a finished product. The league's new two-way contracts, which essentially allow NBA teams to open up an extra pair of roster spots, could create some added flexibility for the Rockets should they decide to sign Zhou. For now, Zhou remains focused on working with the Rockets' training staff and rehabbing a thumb injury. The big man suffered a left thumb fracture when he collided with Guangdong's Carlos Boozer during the Chinese Basketball Association Finals earlier this month, Feigen writes. Zhou averaged 16.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 2.3 BPG for the season in China.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Jaxen, Etha21.9 
 2. Brezec, AEK17.1 
 3. Abukar, Keravnos15.4 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel14.5 
 6. Blakes, Enosis14.3 
 7. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
 8. Walker, Etha13.6 
 9. Wright, Apoel13.2 
 10. Washington, Enosis13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 2. Parks, Keravnos8.1 
 3. Dasic, AEK7.3 
 4. Mobley, Apoel7.2 
 5. Brezec, AEK6.2 
 6. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 7. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 8. Barnes, Etha6.1 
 9. OBrien, Keravnos6.0 
 10. Thomas, AEK5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.1 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.2 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.7 
 4. Jaxen, Etha4.1 
 5. Bussey, Apoel4.0 
 6. Ross, Keravnos4.0 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.8 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.1 
 9. Blakes, Enosis3.1 
 10. Walker, Etha3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Washington, Enosis1.9 
 3. Dasic, AEK1.8 
 4. Thomas, AEK1.8 
 5. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 6. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 7. Barker, Keravnos1.5 
 8. Parks, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.3 
 10. Jaxen, Etha1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Suleiman, Apollon0.9 
 3. Mobley, Apoel0.9 
 4. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 5. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel0.5 
 7. OBrien, Keravnos0.5 
 8. Trisokkas, AEK0.4 
 9. Brezec, AEK0.4 
 10. Biggs, AEK0.3 


Division A Round 2 of Finals. AEK beat Keravnos - by Eurobasket News

AEK - Keravnos 90-71

AEK cruised past visiting Keravnos to draw things level in the title series. The game was mostly controlled by AEK. Keravnos managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian forward Tomislav Petrovic (202-85) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five AEK players scored in double figures. American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Brezec 28+4reb+1ast, T.Petrovic 16+2reb+5ast, A.Sizopoulos 14+5reb+1ast, T.Biggs 13+4reb+1ast, T.Thomas 11+3reb+7ast, G.Palalas 3+5ast
Keravnos: R.Ross 15+6reb+3ast, T.Parks 15+11reb+1ast, M.Abukar 10+3reb, K.Barker 8+1reb+10ast, N.Stylianou 7+2reb+1ast, J.O'Brien 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 545119





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  


Young gun Skranc can do it in playoff games - by Edward Gonzales

David Skranc (206-C/F-96, agency: Octagon Europe) led Pardubice to the semifinals with 14 points, hitting 3-of-4 from the three-point range.

Last summer David Skranc worked on his physical condition and his skills before the long, hard season ahead with his coach Levell Sanders . Now, He is playing his best basketball.

This season, David Skranc is the best Draft prospect in the Czech League with a PER of 14.5

David Skranc

14.5

Alexander Madsen (207-F/C-95)

14.4

Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95)

13.9

Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96, agency: Diamond Sports)

13.5

Marek Sehnal

13.4


David David Skranc is a versatile small forward prospect with good size and length. The Czech Republic native can score from multiple spots on the floor and he understands how to play around the rim, can be a mismatch for smaller defenders as well as challenge bigger defenders. David Skranc is a high level rebounder for a wing. His 4.3 rebounds per game were third-best among draft prospect in the Fiba Europe Cup.

In 2015, The U20 Czech national team showed their best result in history (6th place) where David Skranc played a key role for the team where he played more than 20 minutes per game.



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  DENMARK  


Ligaen Round 2 of Finals. Bakken Bears draw things level - by Eurobasket News

Horsens IC - Bakken 76-94

Bakken Bears bounced back from the opening loss and stormed past Horsens IC in Game 2 of the championship series. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-76. Bakken shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American John Williamson (200-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 22 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Myles Mack (175-93, college: Rutgers) responded with 13 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Artino 16+6reb, D.Trist 14+4reb+3ast, M.Mack 13+4reb+5ast, G.Lundberg 13+3reb+4ast, L.Alexander 9+3reb+2ast, F.Rungby 7+7reb+1ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 23+8reb+3ast, J.Williamson 22+7reb, T.Laerke 17+6reb+4ast, A.Darboe 12+3reb+2ast, M.Gesell 7+3reb+6ast, M.Diouf 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 544662





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  D-LEAGUE  


Raptors 905 cap dominant season with D-League title - by Eurobasket News

Central Division champions? Check. Eastern Conference champions? Check. NBA Development League champions? You can check that box, too. While most eyes were on the Toronto Raptors as they wrapped up their first-round playoff series in Milwaukee on Thursday, a rowdy crowd at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga revelled in the kind of fete the Air Canada Centre has yet to enjoy: the celebration of champions. The Raptors 905 finished their enviable sophomore season with a 122 -96 rout of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the final meeting of a three-game series. 'It's cliche, but they really worked their butts off. I made them work their butts off but then they became accustomed to it as well,' 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse said following the game, his champagne-soaked dress shirt already discarded and replaced with a 2017 Champions T-shirt. 'We felt like we were doing things this year that other teams weren't doing . . . to give us an edge at this time of the season. I wasn't sure it was going to work but it did. I'm glad it did.' It was the second victory in back-to-back home games, after a disappointing Game 1 loss to the Vipers, the Houston Rockets' D-League affiliate. Stackhouse and his players knew they couldn't get let the pressure of the moment get to them. That's where the work paid off. Forward Bruno Caboclo (6'9''-SF-95), assigned to the team with Pascal Siakam (6'9''-F-94, college: N.Mexico St.) and Fred VanVleet (6'0''-PG-94, college: Wichita St.) for a second consecutive game, shot 13-for-19 from the floor as part of a 31-point, 11-rebound performance. Siakam, named the most valuable player of the final, and VanVleet combined for 45 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds. They'll have to report to practice downtown on Friday, VanVleet said, but their sole focus on the night was the championship. Like the team has done all season, he said, it bought in on Thursday night. 'It's a testament to the organization from top to bottom,' he said. The home team got off to a thumping start, up 8-0 right out of the gate. Much of the 905's first-quarter tally came through Caboclo, who had 14 points in the first twelve minutes while shooting 60% from the field. Toronto was up 27-18, and cruising, by the time the game reached its first break. The visitors brought the game level for the first time with about two minutes to play in the half, led by guard Troy Williams (6'7''-SF-94, college: Indiana). But a pair of late drives through the paint and two last-gasp free throws by Siakam, plus a seventh three from Caboclo, gave the 905 eight points of breathing room at the half. The home team used the third quarter to reassert its dominance, running the score up by a much as 23 points. Scuffles ensued with seconds left in the game, forcing officials to put 1.8 seconds back of the clock after the final buzzer initially blew. The performance will give Raptors fans hope for the future; Siakam said it was the team as whole - not just the night's three stars - that made the 905 the gold standard this year. And it has given him as much, if not more, than he has given it. 'I think coming down here does help me just build my confidence. When you play in the NBA you play with all the big players and you can downplay yourself a lot of times.'
Courtesy of: thestar.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


De La Rosa is back at Indios de San Francisco - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) signed 29-year old naturalized American point guard Chris De La Rosa (175-75kg-88, college: UMBC, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to San Francisco as he has played here before. De La Rosa He just played at Cupes in the Santiago League.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others De La Rosa won Qatari League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Qatari D1 2nd Team back in 2013.
De La Rosa has played on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep. and Qatar (Al Sadd) and Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and Titanes Licey).
De La Rosa attended University of Maryland -Baltimore County until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Skilled point guard who enjoys pressing the pace and playing up-tempo...Takes pride in his hard-nosed, aggressive defense...great ball-handler with great leadership skills and mental toughness.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Dominican Republic



Indios de San Francisco adds Salvador to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Indios de San Francisco (LNB) added to their roster experienced 37-year old guard Hansel Salvador (186-80). He just played at San Lazaro in the District National.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Salvador's team made it to the LNB Semifinals in 2010 and 2012.
He has spent his entire career in Dominican Republic playing for seven other teams: Callero, San Carlos, Huracanes del Atlantico, Soles de Santo Domingo, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, La Mattica and Soles de Santo Domingo.
Salvador is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Indios de San Francisco.
On Salvador: A very promising perimeter player, with a very goot outside shoot. A stopper on defense, on the open floor few players can stay with him, great 3pt shooter and great penetrator.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Dominican Republic



Jerome Frink is No.1 pick in 2017 LNB Draft - by Eurobasket News

Jerome Frink (201-F-93) was chosen by Soles de Santo Domingo as the first pick of the LNB Draft 2017. Raymer Santana as the second pick was chosen by Caneros del Este. Herbert Graham (196-G-93, college: Armstr.Atlantic) will play for Huracanes de Puerto Plata. Shawn Lawton was 4th pick for Reales de La Vega and Grant Ellis was chosen as 5th pick for Huracanes.
Los Soles chose William Cruz and Lenny Cerda Rodriguez joined the forces of Metros de Santiago.
The LNB 2017 tournament is slated for May 24 with the participation of the traditional eight teams.



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  EL SALVADOR  


Liga Superior Round 10: Thunder keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Thunder as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunder defeated 8th ranked ADB in San Salvador 79-73. They outrebounded ADB 72-43 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunder looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Diego Ferrin had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jorge Leon chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 44 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Thunder have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Marcos. ADB at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. ADB will play next round against ExSAL ST trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked ABA in Apopa.
The game in Apopa was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked San Marcos (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA (4-8). San Marcos managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. Milton Martinez (-88) notched 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and Roger Diaz supported him with 13 points. San Marcos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jonathan Zometa did not help to save the game for ABA. San Marcos have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Thunder. ABA at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Marcos to the arena Marquense.
Second ranked Izalco (8-1) beat at home 10th ranked Biomedical (1-9) by 13 points 96-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Marcus Thomas fired a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Carlos Pineda produced 37 points (!!!) for lost side. Despite that victory Izalco went down to third position due to points difference. Biomedical lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Izalco will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. Biomedical will play against Ausoles (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Izalco - Biomedical 96-83

Second ranked Izalco (8-1) beat at home 10th ranked Biomedical (1-9) by 13 points 96-83, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Izalco outrebounded Biomedical 51-39 including 17 on the offensive glass. American swingman Marcus Thomas (191-95, college: Rosemont) fired a double-double by scoring 51 points (!!!), 16 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Julio Crespin (184-97) chipped in 23 points. Guard Carlos Pineda (178-92) produced 37 points (!!!) and guard Emerson Morales (180-89) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Despite that victory Izalco went down to third position due to points difference. Biomedical lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Izalco will meet ExSAL ST (#6) in the next round. Biomedical will play against Ausoles (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Izalco: M.Thomas 51+16reb+6ast, J.Crespin 23+4reb+3ast, G.Galdamez 8+9reb+1ast, J.Landaverde 3+4reb, S.Leon 2+3reb+1ast, P.Barillas 2+2ast
Biomedical: C.Pineda 37+4reb+3ast, E.Morales 17+4reb+2ast, I.Campos 11+6reb+2ast, E.Pacas 7+5reb, N.Cordero 6+8reb, S.Bonilla 2+8reb+4ast
gschID: 544836


Thunder - ADB 79-73

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Thunder as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Thunder defeated 8th ranked ADB in San Salvador 79-73. They outrebounded ADB 72-43 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Thunder looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Diego Ferrin had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 21 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jorge Leon chipped in 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Hector Landaverde (-92) responded with 44 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Marlon Marroquin (-97) scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Thunder have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with San Marcos. ADB at the other side keeps the eighth place with seven games lost. ADB will play next round against ExSAL ST trying to get back on the winning streak. Thunder will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked ABA in Apopa.
Top scorers:
Thunder: D.Ferrin 41+21reb+3ast, J.Leon 12+12reb+5ast, E.Gudiel 7+3reb+2ast, C.Rivera 6+6reb+3ast, S.Diaz 5+4reb+2ast, D.Aguilar 4+20reb+2ast
ADB: H.Landaverde 44+5reb+6ast, M.Marroquin 18+8reb+4ast, H.Pacas 4+11reb, C.Canizales 4+6reb+7ast, F.Pineda 3+6reb+4ast, M.Gonzalez 0
gschID: 544832


ABA - San Marcos 58-65

The game in Apopa was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked San Marcos (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked ABA (4-8). San Marcos managed to secure a 7-point victory 65-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ABA. ABA was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Milton Martinez (-88) notched 14 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) to lead the effort and Roger Diaz (-99) supported him with 13 points. Four San Marcos players scored in double figures. San Marcos' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by Jonathan Zometa did not help to save the game for ABA. Jonathan Roque added 11 points for lost side. San Marcos have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Thunder. ABA at the other side keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. San Marcos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in San Marcos to the arena Marquense.
Top scorers:
San Marcos: M.Martinez 14+8reb, L.Gomez 14+1reb+3ast, R.Diaz 13+4reb+2ast, A.Cantor 10+4reb+1ast, F.Escobar 7+4reb+4ast, E.Recinos 2+1reb
ABA: J.Zometa 21+9reb+1ast, J.Roque 11+1reb+3ast, E.Sosa 10+1reb+3ast, L.Medina 7+6reb+1ast, M.Vasquez 5+2reb+2ast, A.Ojeda 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 544831





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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.3 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu16.8 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.15.8 
 6. Olmre, TTU15.7 
 7. Seskus, Parnu15.5 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.8 
 10. Bratoz, Rapla14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.12.6 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.3 
 4. Jois, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU7.8 
 6. Lips, Tarvas7.7 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.5 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.1 
 9. Kirves, Parnu6.8 
 10. Raadik, Valga6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Tartu Ulikool
  (187-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool5.3 
 2. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.7 
 8. Post, Tarvas3.4 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool3.2 
 10. Hallik, Parnu3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 3. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 4. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.6 
 9. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 10. Kaldre, Noorteliiga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Mickell GLADNESS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 2. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 3. Kok, Rapla0.8 
 4. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 6. Raadik, TTU0.7 
 7. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.7 
 9. Joesaar, Tartu U.0.6 
 10. Saks, TL.0.6 


KML: Semifinal Game 1 - Rapla shocks Tartu - by Janar

Avis Utilitas Rapla shocked Tartu in game 1 of the semifinals of Alexela KML by beating Tartu on the road 70:60. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) had an outstanding performance, scoring 25 points and making 6/8 from behind the arc. Thomas van der Mars added 13+15 rbs and Martin Paasoja another 13 points. For the hosts, who made only 35% FG, Janar Talts had 15+8 rbs and Gert Dorbek 12 points. Rapla won the first quarter 22:11 and kept the lead for the entire game. They made 10/26 from the three-point line and are heading back home for the game 2.


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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Langford, Unics21.8 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.4 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.16.7 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.4 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA16.2 
 7. Bogdanovic, Fener.14.5 
 8. Larkin, Baskonia13.1 
 9. James, Panathin.13.1 
 10. Rice, FC Barcelona13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.4 
 3. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.2 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.0 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka6.7 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .6.4 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.0 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid5.9 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia5.7 
 5. Colom, Unics5.7 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.7 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.6 
 9. Westermann, Zalgiris5.5 
 10. Calathes, Panathin.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 5. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 10. Fernandez, Real M.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.2 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .0.9 


Olympiacos silence Anadolu Efes in Istanbul, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Olympiacos 62:74

Olympiacos stayed alive in the EuroLeague Final Four chase. They overcame Anadolu Efes in Istanbul to even the quarterfinal series at 2-2. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) recorded 18 points to pace the Piraeus team.
Anadolu Efes secured the strong start to the game. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after the first ten minutes. Olympiacos picked up the tempo in the second term. The visitors poured in 21 points to pull within three points 35:38. Olympiacos eventually erased the deficit in the third term. The Piraeus side eked out a 55:54 lead heading into the fourth stanza. Olympiacos limited the hosts to only 8 points in the final quarter and raced to a vital victory. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points, while Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 10 points for the hosts. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Anadolu Efes. Derrick Brown (203-F-87, college: Xavier) had 9 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jayson Granger 17, Derrick Brown 9
Olympiacos: Vassilis Spanoulis 18, Georgios Printezis 11, Erick Green 10



Real Madrid claim second straight win in Istanbul, enter Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Darussafaka - Real Madrid 78:89

Real Madrid entered EuroLeague Final Four. They celebrated the second consecutive victory over Darussafaka in Istanbul to win the quarterfinal series 3-1. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) produced 17 points to pace the visitors.
Real jumped to an early lead. The Madrid team ensured a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Real stayed in front throughout the second frame. The Spanish team ensured a 45:38 halftime advantage. Real stayed red hot offensively in the third quarter. The Madrid side exploded with 27 points in the period to grab a comfortable 14-point lead before the fourth term. Darussafaka could not overcome the deficit in the final quarter as Real marched to a key victory. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) and Trey Thompkins (208-F-90, college: Georgia) produced 15 points each for the winners. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 25 points for Darussafaka. Scottie Wilbekin (188-G-93, college: Florida) chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Darussafaka: Brad Wanamaker 25, Scottie Wilbekin 14
Real Madrid: Sergio Llull 17, Anthony Randolph 15, Trey Thompkins 15



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Antwan SCOTT
  KTP Basket
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 22
 1. Scott, KTP Basket22.0 
 2. Jones, Lapua21.5 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket19.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.1 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.6 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.4 
 7. Morris, Lapua16.8 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto15.8 
 9. Bryant, Kataja B.15.7 
 10. Holsey, Kauhajoki15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Van, Korihait10.5 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.5 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.7 
 5. Pratt, KTP Basket8.7 
 6. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto7.6 
 8. Nelson, Pyrinto7.6 
 9. Morris, Lapua7.3 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket6.7 
 3. Rannikko, Kataja B.6.2 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.5 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 6. Staten, Salon Vilpas4.2 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.2 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.1 
 9. Edwards, Lapua4.1 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 6. Scott, KTP Basket1.6 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.5 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.4 
 10. Nelson, Pyrinto1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 2. Bristol, Kataja B.1.8 
 3. Van, Korihait1.1 
 4. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 5. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 7. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 
 8. Huolila, Kataja B.0.9 
 9. Nelson, Pyrinto0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Korisliiga Round 7 of Semi-Finals. Salon Vilpas enter Finals - by Eurobasket News

Salon Vilpas - Kauhajoki 79-66

Salon Vilpas outgunned Kauhajoki to advance into Korisliiga Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Salon Vilpas. Kauhajoen Karhu managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) chipped in 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) produced 20 points and forward Devonne Giles (203-83, college: Texas Tech) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Coleman 15+19reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 12+3reb+1ast, O.Jarvi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Pounds 10+4ast, J.Nenonen 10+1reb+1ast, B.Edwards 8+2reb+2ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 20+2reb, T.Unruh 13+2reb, D.Giles 8+6reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+4reb+4ast, D.Washington 6+4reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 6+6reb
gschID: 545322





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Clark, Chalon18.4 
 2. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.8 
 3. Cobbs, Gravelines16.8 
 4. Gibson, Gravelines16.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.8 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.7 
 7. Rush, Nancy15.3 
 8. Dorsey, Le Portel14.8 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.7 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Fall, Chalon9.1 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Solomon, Gravelines8.5 
 4. Poirier, Paris-Le.7.8 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre7.4 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Hunt, Nancy7.3 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans6.9 
 10. Watkins, AS.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.2 
 3. Holston, Dijon6.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 5. Hodge, AS.5.7 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Eito, Orleans4.4 
 9. Payne, Chalons-.4.4 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.3 
 2. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 3. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 4. Wood, Limoges1.8 
 5. Eito, Orleans1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Lacombe, Stras.1.5 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.5 
 9. Henry, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Chalon2.4 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 5. Otule, Antibes1.0 
 6. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 7. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel0.9 
 9. Sane, Paris-Levallois0.9 
 10. Poirier, Paris-Le.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  Bourg
  (203-C-87)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Peacock, Bourg17.8 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.3 
 3. Jones, Lille17.1 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 5. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.8 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.5 
 8. Fairell, Rouen15.0 
 9. Bigote, Nantes14.7 
 10. Obasohan, Provence.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dinma ODIAKOSA
  Le Havre
  (203-C/F-85)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.5 
 2. Kone, Charleville9.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.4 
 4. Burton, Roanne8.8 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Morin, Le Havre7.5 
 7. Traore, Lille7.4 
 8. Diame, Blois7.3 
 9. Rhoomes, St Qu.7.3 
 10. Fall, Poitiers7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Threatt, Poitiers7.3 
 2. King, Le Havre6.4 
 3. Ware, Vichy C.6.0 
 4. Rigaux, Maurienne5.9 
 5. Turner, Blois5.9 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.6 
 7. Henry, Evreux5.4 
 8. Sim, Bourg5.3 
 9. Duren, Boulogne5.2 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joe BURTON
  Roanne
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 2. Henry, Evreux2.5 
 3. Threatt, Poitiers2.4 
 4. Turner, Blois1.9 
 5. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 6. Denave, Vichy C.1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Nantes1.8 
 8. Maille, Provence.1.8 
 9. Fouse, Charleville1.8 
 10. Moendadze, Boulo.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.2 
 5. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. MBida, Lille1.1 
 8. Traore, Lille1.0 
 9. Diame, Blois0.9 
 10. Fairell, Rouen0.9 


Jerry Smith (ex Samsun) signs at Chalons-Reims - by Eurobasket News

Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ProA) landed 30-year old American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87kg-87, college: Louisville, agency: HMS). He started the season at Samsunspor DSI in Turkish TBL league. In 34 games he averaged impressive 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Smith played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL where in 33 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
In 2010 Springfield Armor selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft.
He attended University of Louisville and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Smith has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements he won D-League East Conference championship title in 2012. Smith received also Gatorade D-League All-Defensive 1st Team award back in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. Smith has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). Smith has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Hapoel Holon), Italy (AV Cantu and Verona), New Zealand (Pistons), NBA (Brooklyn Nets) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: A powerful combo guard who has great athletic skills and knows how to score. Great personality, he can spend time at the point too, but seems an ideal specimen for the 2 spot at European level.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @AkosVeg)

Check also Complete Transfers List in France



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Danilo MIJATOVIC
  Kuman.
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 3. Hawkins, Pelister.16.3 
 4. Jokic, Strumica16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.2 
 6. Mijovic, Kozuv15.3 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar15.3 
 8. Misanovic, Rabotnicki13.4 
 9. Andrejevic, Pelister.13.3 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.1 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.8.0 
 4. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.6 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.3 
 7. Ibitayo, Vardar6.1 
 8. Janevski, Kumanovo6.0 
 9. Mijatovic, Kuman.5.8 
 10. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv5.3 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.2 
 4. Bogoev, Strumica5.1 
 5. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.4 
 6. Hall, Kozuv4.2 
 7. Hawkins, Pelister.4.2 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 9. Stajic, Feni I.3.6 
 10. Petrovski, Feni I.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar2.5 
 2. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 3. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 4. Robev, Vardar1.3 
 5. Brown, Kumanovo1.3 
 6. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.3 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.1.2 
 8. Stajic, Feni I.1.2 
 9. Milojevic, Ohrid A.1.1 
 10. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv0.9 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar0.8 
 4. Pekovic, Kumanovo0.8 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.6 
 6. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 
 7. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 8. Sharabidze, Feni I.0.5 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.0.5 
 10. Janevski, Kumanovo0.5 


Best players of FYR Macedonian Prva Liga round 9 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Rabotnicki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Kozuv (#6, 2-7) 82-75. Rabotnicki is placed at 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Rabotnicki will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Misanovic turned to be Rabotnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Misanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 69.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old Croatian center Jure Lalic (211-C-86) of league's best team MZT Skopje. Lalic impressed basketball fans with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he led MZT Skopje to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Karpos Sokoli (#3, 6-3) 83-61. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. MZT Skopje consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 8 matches. Lalic is a newcomer at MZT Skopje and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89, agency: Interperformances) of Kozuv (#6). Krstevski scored 18 points. Despite Krstevski's great performance Kozuv lost 75-82 to the higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#2, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kozuv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Krstevski he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Krstevski has a very solid season. In 21 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) of Kozuv - 13 points and 10 rebounds
5. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jane Petrovski (181-PG-87) of Feni Industries - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Yonel Brown (175-PG-94) of Kumanovo - 10 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Kumanovo - 14 points and 7 rebounds
10. Branislav Djekic (209-F/C-91) of Feni Industries - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from FYR Macedonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain). He led Gran Canaria to an easy victory against the league leader Movil Estudiantes (3-0) 104-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. McCalebb scored 12 points and added 8 passes in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Herbalife Gran Canaria (19-10) is placed sixth in the Liga Endesa. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(108-189), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 76.5% in 29 games he played so far. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team two years ago. Strangely McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Libertad Sunchales (24-25) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Massey's very good performance the sixth-placed Libertad Sunchales (24-25) was defeated 79-73 on the road by the higher-ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Massey also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(140-243), 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 77.8%. He is a naturalized American. Massey played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. He used to play for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). Travis contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 14th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (10-19) 78-68 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes. Strasbourg IG (20-9) is placed third in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Travis averages: 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 12.5% and FT: 75.0% in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Scandone Avellino to win against the eighth-ranked Betaland Cdo (14-14) 76-68 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Green recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Scandone Avellino (18-10) is placed third in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Green's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #5. Former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Turkish team Fenerbahce win their game against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 80-75 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored only 3 points. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 2.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #6. Guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Sevilla (8-20) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sevilla lost 85-90 at home to the leading Valencia Basket. Stojanovski was the second best scorer with 11 points in only a mere 11 minutes. It was Sevilla's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Stojanovski has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg in 28 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #7. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) helped Mega Leks edge the closely-ranked Borac (1-1) 77-75 in the Serbian KLS on Wednesday night. He scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. It was his first game for Mega Leks this season. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. His team is placed fourth in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Samardziski used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Oliver Dvojakovski
Oliver Dvojakovski
   #8. Center Oliver Dvojakovski (204-97, currently plays in Spain) helped Betanzos win their game against the sixth-ranked Ponferrada CDP (15-10) 75-67 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Santo Domingo Betanzos (13-12) is placed eighth in Group A-B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Dvojakovski's overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2014.

The list of other players, who all have FYR Macedonian passport but never been selected to any of FYR Macedonian national teams:

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Anadolu Efes Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (19-11) 64-60 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Osman scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (17-13) is placed sixth in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Osman has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.6rpg in 33 games he played so far. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in Montenegro). Pavic could not help the league outsider Mornar Bar to beat Buducnost (9-0). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Mornar Bar (#11) was defeated 78-64 on the road by the leading Buducnost in the group x. Pavic's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) contributed to L'Hospitalet's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (17-13) 62-58 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (10-20) is placed 13th in the LEB Silver. It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. Todorovic's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 5.3rpg.



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Glover comes back to Univ. San Simon, ex Hyundai-TSU - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Club Universidad San Simon (Libobasquet) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Matt Glover (196-96kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Cochabamba as he has played here before. Glover He played recently at Hyundai-TSU Tbilisi in Georgian A League. Glover also played that season for Abejas in Mexican LNBP where in 12 A League games he recorded 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.8apg this season.
Glover's team was regular season runner-up in WCC in 2014.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Glover has played previously professionally in Mexico (Halcones Rojos) and Bolivia (Univ. San Simon).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm18.7 
 2. Knight, Jena18.3 
 3. English, Fraport .17.5 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.0 
 5. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 6. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk15.6 
 8. Odum, Wuerzburg15.4 
 9. Lewis, Bayreuth15.3 
 10. Gaines, Vechta15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dyshawn PIERRE
  Braunsch.
  (198-F-93)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Pierre, Braunsch.7.8 
 2. Evans, Giessen .7.1 
 3. Morgan, Ratiopharm7.0 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.7.0 
 5. Marei, Bayreuth6.9 
 6. Cooley, Ludwigsb.6.7 
 7. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 8. McGhee, Walter T.6.5 
 9. Knight, Jena6.5 
 10. Qvale, EWE Baskets6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott MACHADO
  Vechta
  (186-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 2. Jordan, Walter T.7.9 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.5 
 6. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 7. Mayo, Telekom Bsk5.1 
 8. Sanders, Goettingen4.9 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.4.8 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.3 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 7. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 8. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.7 
 9. Anderson, Bayreuth1.6 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian GAMBLE
  Telekom .
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gamble, Telekom .1.3 
 2. Theis, Brose Bask.1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.1 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth0.9 
 9. McGhee, Walter T.0.9 
 10. Austin, Bremerha.0.8 


Hans Beth Lives For Bringing Awareness To Basketball Aid - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After two playoff appearances in a row and the Fiba Europe Cup title last season only the third club title in the 18 year history of the Fraport Skyliners, this rapid success of the team could of kept a good majority of fans content this season as that third playoff showing didn't happen as the season was at best average. There weren't too many highlights to remember this season for the 2004 BBL winner that one will take into dream land when one is stuck on the German autobahn in the dog days of summer wanting to reach Salzburg, Austria in time for afternoon coffee and fluffy Nockerl at Cafte Mozart. Some things that stand out was the impressive rookie season of American Shavon Shields, the AJ English buzzer beater in Tuebingen, the magnificent 35 point performance and 8 crushing dunks by Florida native Mike Morrison against Pinar Karyisaka in Champions League action or the signing of another young gun for Gordon Herbert's stable with 18 year old Richard Freudenberg who looks a tad like the young version of Zack Morris aka Mark Paul Gosselaar from 90s American TV show Saved By the Bell. So with one game remaining on the Fraport Skyliners schedule against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin in the Fraport arena one has little to look forward except for observing a good hard fought game and seeing some last great plays this season like Quantez Robertson feeding a Mike Morrison for the felt like 1000 alley-op of the season or asking a Nils Giffey in warm ups for the 20,000 time what it was like playing together with Kemba Walker at Uconn and where he stores his 2 NCAA rings. Not only what is on the court is worth observing, but also people who are roaming the Fraport arena. In Los Angeles you have Jack Nicholson courtside wondering when his Lakers will ever be good again, in New York it can be Spike Lee wondering who will be in the tabloids first the next morning him or Carmelo Anthony and in Frankfurt you have Hans Beth . Beth may not be as prominent as the Hollywood actors, but in the Fraport arena everyone knows his face as he is at every game sitting a few rows up behind the scorers table and is always flashing that charming smile and never seems to lose his dapper look and still has the combined look of James Bond star 007 Roger Moore and Dynasty star John Forsythe minus the grey. Beth shakes almost as much hands during a game as Don King does in any Boxing ring from New York to Tokyo and Fraport Skyliner CEO Gunnar Wobke and is always ready to bring further awareness to his baby Basketball Aid. This Saturday he will be talking to numerous people and could be bringing further life to the Basketball Aid international tour something he has been supporting and been in charge of the last years.

Beth is one of those guys that is involved in so many projects that one could easily call him a workaholic. During the day he is an investment consultant and financial analyst which has been on his resume for 30 years, but somehow manages to fill the 24 hour day with so many other things. Besides having been a head coach for multiple decades in places like Mainz and Hanau to name a few, he has been very much involved with society as well helping the less Privileged in the basketball world trying to find employment. He is a professional speaker for companies, universities, and associations on topics such as securities & capital market but also team-related matters such as important factors for team success. In between he is always thinking about and continuing to live for spreading the project of Basketball Aid. Basketball Aid was born in 2007 and their goal is to support children that are stricken with cancer combined with helping the sport of basketball become more known in Germany in a country that is dominated by football. Another goal of Basketball Aid is to simply to be able to win as many people as possible as ambassadors and with their help gather donations for the sick kids and help organize events that will help bring awareness for the project. The members of Basketball Aid continue to grow from year to year as in 2009 it was a mere 20 persons and in 2014, it had grown to 500 members. Basketball Aid is supported by well known German basketball figures like Stephen Arigbabu, Pascal Roller, Marko Pesic, Jan Jagla, Steffen Hamann, and Johannes Herber..Hans Beth has been an important figure for years as he brought the Basketball Aid tour to life in 2014 and it has been a work in progress and growing each year. The tour helps in many ways in that it brings fans early pre season basketball where the entry fee goes to Basketball Aid to help cancer stricken kids as well as any further donations given. At the start of the Basketball Tour a few years ago, he built a traveling team of fresh and less known players that were looking for basketball jobs like a Karl Moore who was discovered and been a professional in Germany the last years to fulfill their life long dreams of playing the game they love for a living. Last year the tour was another success as Beth once again did the organizational work and was able to manage to bring fans 9 games that featured German BBL, Pro A and Pro B teams as well as the Luxemburg national team. The big highlight was raising 30,000 for Basketball Aid and other highlights was the Gezeiten Haus Cup in Rhondorf that featured 4 games on a weekend as well as the game between the Fraport Skyliners and RheinStars Cologne that was played on the Wiesbaden Army airbase. What better way for new Fraport Skyliner American Shavon Shields not to experience a minor culture shock landing in Germany, but being among American citizens upon arrival as he was escorted from Frankfurt airport to the game on the Wiesbaden airbase. The 2016 Basketball Aid tour was a giant success and many more are planned in the future.

Beth continues to live for Basketball Aid and continues to also build a healthy relationship with the Fraport Skyliners as both are seeking to continue to bring awareness to the growing project Basketball Aid. Hans Beth has had a growing relationship with Fraport Skyliners CEO Gunnar Wobke and the club over the years and recently the Fraport Skyliners and Hans Beth came together in cooperation with TSC Mainz and Theresianum that is the sport program for tennis and basketball for the Mainz Children cancer station. The life of a young child stricken with cancer is very difficult and they have to refrain from so many wonderful things in life that healthy kids can do. So in order for kids to get away from the daily examinations, operations and other non-enjoyable hospital functions, why not spice up a child's tough life with sports. For the longest time, it was thought that cancer stricken kids and sport don't match and is more of a risk, but recent studies have proven that that isn't a fact, but untrue as exercise can actually influence the cancer recovery process in a positive way. Beth the chairman of the Basketball Aid international tour had the idea last year to support the children's cancer station in Mainz by offering tennis activity through the guidance of the TSC Mainz sport club. Recently at a home game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, the Fraport Skyliners invited the cancer stricken children and their families to get that special basketball family atmosphere feeling in the Fraport arena and it was announced that the cancer stricken children would be offered tennis and basketball training on a regular basis and would be guided by licensed coaches from TSC Mainz and the Fraport Skyliners. This new project between Beth and the Fraport Skyliners has already brought 6,000 Euro for the coaching budget. The Fraport Skyliners have shown that the future of the youth in basketball is important for them and with their 140 weekly basketball clinics that they have offered care for the development of basketball among the youth and also want to help support the cancer stricken children have a better life with sport.

Beth has many projects running at the moment and besides the current project with the Fraport Skyliners and Basketball Aid with the Mainz hospital and giving cancer stricken kids the chance to play tennis and basketball, he also continues to organize and coordinate the next Basketball Aid International Tour for 2016. He will be traveling back to the States in July to continue to work on shaping the next tour which will take place at the beginning of September. Beth is already in talks with various BBL teams like the Fraport Skyliners and already has a well-known mid-western NCAA school that he hopes will be able to take part. At the same time, he will also be present at the 4th annual Elite pro Camp in Hannover, Massachusetts which is about an hour south of Boston and only a short ride to the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. There Beth will serve as a coach together with many other well-known coaches including Chris Rojik who balled at Holy Cross and had a 13 year professional career in Germany where he played 7 successful seasons with the Dragons Rhondorf and concluded his career in 2010 with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Pro B team. At this camp, Beth will help unproved players looking to improve their skills in hopes of landing that professional job somewhere as well as making further contacts with basketball persons. Even though Beth is currently constructing his 2017 Basketball Aid international tour, he already has his thoughts on the 2018 Basketball Aid International tour where he has a serious big name NCAA school all ready to be reeled in like former president George Bush senior did fish during his fishing tournaments where he caught a 135 pound tarpon. On Saturday fans will be closely scrutinizing guys like Isaac Bonga against Alba Berlin wondering if Gordon Herbert will give him 30 plus minutes, hoping for unending Quantez Robertson NBA show time highlights and witnessing some last AJ English bombs from the parking lot as the ex Iona (NCAA) standout as according to sources could be playing in Spain next season. But somewhere in the Fraport arena Hans Beth will be strolling around with that big golden smile shaking hundreds of hands, but more important also could be putting the beginning touches of landing that giant coup for the 2017 Basketball Aid International tour as he lives to bringing awareness to Basketball Aid.




Max Merz Retires Moving From The Court To Become A Management Consultant - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

For those that are in the basketball closet now and won't get out until next season and see Max Merz (183-PG-94) strolling down Frankfurt's most luxurious street Goethe during lunch break in September , one may meet Max Merz looking all dapper in a suit and be wondering why he isn't resting between the Fraport Skyliners morning and night practices, because he will already be tightly involved in his new job as a management consultant as his basketball days will already be behind him. The Fraport Skyliners announced today that Max Merz will hang up his sneakers after the season and enter the business world. The 23 year old has had the ambition to enter the business world once he completed his studies at the Frankfurt school of finance and management. It wasn't an easy decision for the German to retire after 6 very successful seasons in the Fraport Skyliners organization. "I had many intensive talks with Gordion Herbert and Gunnar Wobke. Soon I felt that I could be more successful in the business world then on the court. I am a very ambitious guy and feel it was the right time. I am excited about what will happen now. First I will look for an apprentice spot in the management area. I want to thank all the coaches, management, teammates and ex teammates and all the fans for giving me the trust the whole time", stressed Max Merz.

Merz started his basketball career in 2009 with Eintracht Frankfurt (Regionalliga) and in 2010-2011 got a year's experiene in the states in Georgia at the Rabun Gap high school. He returned back to Germany in 2011 back to the Skyliners and played for the Pro B team playing 10 games averaging 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 53.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he continued to play Pro B averaging 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 76.3%,. He also got his first BBL minutes playing 5 minutes in a 95-57 win against Giessen and then scored 6 points in 15 minutes against Trier. In the next three seasons, he continued to play Pro B having that double license and played a total of 45 BBL games. He was that solid back up point guard that ran the team and always gave the needed energy from the bench. Last season he helped the team win the Fiba Europe Cup playing 9 games. He came into his own this season and currently is avergaing 13,4 minutes a game the most in his BBL career averaging 2,4ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,7apg. He showed recently when given minutes that he can produce as he got 34 minutes and poured in 14 points, dished out 8 assists and had 3 steals in a bitter 99-98 loss in Bayreuth. Merz wasn't only a palyer that gave his all on the court, but was also a guy with a high charachter where Gordon Herbert knows a huge void will be there to fill. "I want to thank Max for his servicies and what he gave the team, club, fans and city of Frankfurt. He was an excellent example for the typ of player and person that we want to have in our program. He brought very many good things that weren't seen in the stats. I would have liked to have seen just how much farther he would grow as a player as he had made big strides this season. On the other hand, I understand and respect his decision to go a new route in his life. I wish him all the best and a lot of success", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

Fraport Skyliners CEO Gunnar Wobke has seen hundreds of players come and go since 1999, but with Max Merz probably a player with one of the top charachters that ever graced the uniform. with the Skyliners. "Max is a very out of the ordinary impressive young man with a lot of talents. He is full of energy, is ambitious and focused and achieves that what he wants to do. He is also a great guy and leader and a reason why he was captain with Quantez Robertson. The guess was there that he might retire after finishing his studies. I see him as being more talented for the business world then as player. It also shows that he was able to finish his studies despite also being a player. He is a great role model for young players. It wouldn't surprise if one day he becomes a CEO for a company. Even if we would have liked to have had him as a role model for a few more years, I think it was the right time to retire. We thank him from all our hearts for a great time and wish him all the best and success for his future", stated Gunnar Wobke. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U17 National Team -09-10, German U16 National Team -10, European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, German NBBL All-Star Game -13, German U20 National Team -13-14, European Championships U20 in Tallinn (Estonia) -13: 9 games: 2.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, European Championships U20 in Crete (Greece) -14: 9 games: 3.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -16, FIBA Europe Cup Winner -16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Finalist -16, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Domestic Players Team -16
German Bundesliga Semifinals -16, and InterContinental Cup Finalist -17.

Source:Fraport Skyliners




Deandre Lansdowne (Hamburg Towers) My Next Step Is To Be One Of The More Dominant Players In Pro A - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that completed his third professional season and first with the Hamburg Towers averaging 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket after the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season.

Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your few days been after the end of the season with the Pro A Hamburg Towers?

Thanks for having me again. Right now I am gearing up to head back to America. The last week has consisted mainly of relaxing, and hanging out with teammates before we all go our separate ways.

The Hamburg Towers made a furious run in the last weeks and just missed the playoffs landing in ninth place. The ambition of the Hamburg Towers is the BBL and one doesn't always know if the goal is very soon or if the management wants to be there yesterday? After reaching the playoffs last season, was this season a disappointment?

Yes it's always a disappointment when you don't do as well in the standings as the season before. It took this team I think awhile to click, since there were only 3 returners.


How often do you feel will the bitter 82-81 loss to Crailsheim resurface in your memory? A win in Crailsheim could have been your ticket to the playoffs.

Yes it plays in my head from time to time. It hurt a lot, because that could've heighten ed our great late season playoff push. But as I say, that's basketball. We had a lot of close games this season, some went out way, and some went the other. I wouldn't say our season was defined solely off of that play.


After the 106-82 loss at MBC and March approaching the playoffs looked far away, but Hamburg went on a three game winning streak leading up to the Crailsheim game. How proud were you with the team that they continued to fight for the playoffs and didn't put their heads in the sand?

Extremely proud! That was the mentality of each and every one of my teammates though. We would never give up, and we'd always keep fighting for each other.


What is your summary of the season of the Hamburg Towers. The club was inconsistent and if had had one stretch of a few more wins could have made the playoffs. Was there any other factors why Hamburg missed the playoffs?

I think we had some close losses throughout the beginning of the season that we needed to win. 1 or 2 possessions make a difference late in the season.


When you look at the organization of the Hamburg Towers, how far is the club away from being a BBL team?

It's not far at all! From top to bottom it is one of the most professional organizations in Germany!


Which German player do you feel improved the most from the first day of camp to the last game against Ehingen?

I would have to say Lars Kamp! He went from what we considered a youth guy/double license player, to saying he's a Leo factor when we win, and has the skill & confidence to be a top German player.


You had very many good games, but what was your personal season highlight? Possibly your 26 point game in the home win against Heidelberg?

Yeah I think that game was my best. I think I had 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Those two are the most important stats to me. Against a good team, and we had a few guys sitting, I played a majority of the Power Forward. And it was important to rebound, and take advantage of a miss match, and I think I did that well that game.


In the first few months of the season, you stated in our interview that you were happy that the season was long and that you could play much better. You averaged 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. What was your personal summary of the season?

I think that I did ok, but I got better throughout the season, and I think I proved that I can play in this league.


Do you feel as though you made steady strides as a Pro A player this season with the Hamburg Towers? How do you feel like your game developed further with the Hamburg Towers?

Yes I definitely feel that I got better as the season went on. I saw the game easier, and in a bit of a different style. Only helping expand my basketball IQ, and how to be a better player.


You proved that you were able to make the jump from the German Pro B with Herten to the Pro A with Hamburg. Do you feel like you can become even more of an impact player at the German Pro A level?

Yes I do. As I said early, I think I proved I can play in Pro A. Now my next step is to be one of the more dominant players in Pro A.


What is the next step for DeAndre Lansdowne? Is the German Pro A league you want to continue to play at or could you imagine moving to another country?

1st league, no specific location though. I would love to just play at the highest level my skills allow me to.




What are your summer plans? Will you visit some place that you have never been to?

Summer is mainly, working out, running kids skill camps, and relaxing with friends and family. I don't think I will have any new adventures this summer.


How special was the run of South Carolina at the 2017 NCAA tournament? Do you feel like this was the story of March Madness 2017'?

It was amazing. I know a lot of people from that area loved this year in South Carolina sports with Clemson Football won National Championship, Women's basketball winning, and the baseball team as well.

Now that the 2017 NCAA tournament is history, what do you concentrate most on? Are the NBA playoffs and MLB seasons something that you will follow?

Honestly I am so far behind in American sports. The time difference is just too many hours to catch as many games as I would like. But I have kept up with some NBA. I usually just stay up to date on TV Shows haha

Is Lonzo Ball the real thing? Do you feel like he will be able to develop further despite the antics of his father on social media?

You know, I am not sure. I don't like the fathers cockiness. But it's all working out in their favor. They are getting the exposure and possible future advertisement endorsements being in the works as we speak. But I just hope he backs up his dads mouth, cause that would be quite embarrassing.


There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

I am not sure. I think when people are doing unspeakable things, people will make excuses of why they are doing it, and how it isn't fair. I think what he's doing is amazing, and there's nothing negative I would consider.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Concussion.


Thanks Deandre for the chat.




Barry Stewart Remains With The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With the 2016-2017 BBL season winding down, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen are already looking towards next season and will keep American sharp shooter Barry Stewart (193-SG-88, college: Mississippi St.) for another season as according to the Reutlinger General-Anzeiger newspaper. Stewart is a 29 year old 193cm shooting guard that learned his basketball trade at Mississippi St. (NCAA) and currently is playing his fourth season in Germany with Tuebingen after getting his first taste of European basketball with Trier and Giessen. Currently with Tuebingen, the American is averaging 13,5ppg, 2,5rpg and 3,2apg."We are very happy that Barry will stay another year", stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel. Stewart who played the last 3 years in Belgium with Antwerpen and Limburg before coming to Tuebingen has been a conssitent performer for head coach Tyron Mccoy this season as he scored in double figures in 19 of 26 games. His best games were when he scored 26 points in the 82-81 win against Bayreuth and 24 points in a loss against Wurzburg.


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Charlon Kloof selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Dutch players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). Kloof could not help MZT Skopje (8-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed MZT Skopje (8-1) lost 70-78 in a derby game to the second-ranked Rabotnicki in the Places 1-6 group. Kloof was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Kloof's third season in pro basketball. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Kloof's first year with the team. Kloof has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 55.0% in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France). He was not able to help Chalons-Reims (9-20) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite de Jong's very good performance Chalons-Reims was defeated 76-71 at home by the higher-ranked Cholet Basket (#11). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. de Jong also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season de Jong has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 62.9%(139-221), 3FGP: 21.4% and FT: 68.7%. He is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Rangers (4-4) crushing them 103-67 in the New Zealand NBL last Friday. He scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Wellington Saints (10-0) are placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all ten games in the Regular Season. Duinker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 60.2%(59-98), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 86.7% in 10 games. Duinker is another player who holds two passports: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #4. Power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) led Shinshu BW to a victory over the leader Nishinomiya Storks (40-16) 79-68 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. van der List recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (14-42) is placed sixth in Central group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. van der List has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6bpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2014.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #5. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) 78-66 in the German BBL last Sunday. Williams scored 9 points and added 5 passes. BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Williams' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg. Williams used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #6. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) helped SO Maritime Boulogne win their game against the third-ranked Lille Metropole (17-13) 76-64 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne (11-18) is placed 16th in the ProB. This year de Jong's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg in 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #7. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for AGOR (13-13) in their game against Kolossos HH (13-13) in the Greek A1. Schaftenaar scored 5 points. AGOR was defeated 78-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Kolossos HH (#7). Schaftenaar's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #8. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) managed to help AVIS UTILITAS Rapla in a victory against the league leader Tartu Ulikool (29-3) 70-60 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Friday. Kok recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AVIS UTILITAS Rapla (20-12) is placed second in the Alexela KML. This year Kok's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #9. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Navarra (15-15) in their game against Moron (16-14) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Bleeker scored 7 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Navarra was edged 81-79 in MorĂ³n de la Frontera by the higher-ranked Moron (#8). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.1rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #10. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the 16th-ranked Magia Huesca (10-23) 79-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. van Wijk scored 11 points in 20 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (19-14) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 33 games. He is a former U16 international player as twelve years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

The list of other players, who all have Dutch passport but never been selected to any of Dutch national teams:

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (17-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baskonia was edged 84-82 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA. Tillie scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Tillie averages: 6.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the third-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 67-58 in the Basketball Champions League last Friday. Doornekamp recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first in group D. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the 12th-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (5-19) 81-72 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Broekhoff scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.8ppg and 5.0rpg in 24 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-22) crushing them 114-89 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Friday. Slutsky recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. Hapoel Afula (12-14) is placed first in Play-Downs group. Slutsky has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.2rpg. He also holds two passports: Dutch and Israeli. Despite Slutsky's Dutch nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.



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  HUNGARY  

A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lasan KROMAH
  Kormend
  (198-G-91)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Kromah, Kormend21.6 
 2. Bojic, Jaszberenyi21.3 
 3. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 4. Lilov, Szedeak19.0 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.7 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari17.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas17.7 
 8. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu8.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.3 
 3. Sihota, MAFC8.2 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.2 
 5. Watkins, Atomeromu7.9 
 6. Pacher, Vasas7.9 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.3 
 10. Sulovic, Szedeak7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.5 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak8.0 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.7 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.6 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 6. Govens, Falco KC6.2 
 7. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 8. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC5.9 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.2 
 3. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.0 
 5. Kromah, Kormend2.0 
 6. Boltic, Szedeak2.0 
 7. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.9 
 8. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 9. Frazier, Kaposvari1.9 
 10. Pavlicevic, Szolnok1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 3. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.8 
 4. Keller, Alba0.8 
 5. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 6. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 7. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 8. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Simms, Kaposvari0.6 
 10. Andric, Szolnok0.6 


A Division Round 8 (Second Stage): ZTE KK defeats leader Alba - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in A Division. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (23-9) in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ZTE KK (22-11) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Alba managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for Alba. ZTE KK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-11 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked KTE-Duna (17-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by KTE-Duna in Kecskemet 94-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Kemal Karahodzic who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 15 points and 8 assists. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (19-13) which hosted in Pecs 3rd ranked Szedeak (17-16). First ranked PVSK Pannon had an easy win 93-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The winners were led by Chris Smith who scored that evening 23 points. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Nenad Sulovic did not help to save the game for Szedeak. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 19-13 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will meet Sopron KC (#5) on the road in the next round. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 Szolnok was smashed by Kormend on the road 109-81. Atomeromu won against Vasas on its own court 70-59.

ZTE KK - Alba 88-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Alba (23-9) in Zalaegerszeg on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked ZTE KK (22-11) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Alba managed to win third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Brandon Taylor (178-94, college: Utah) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Alba. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 22-11 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Alba at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. ZTE KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alba will play on the road against Szolnok in Szolnok and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: Z.Szabo 23+6reb+2ast, E.Ubilla 19+5reb+11ast, J.Norfleet 13+3reb, S.Benke 13+7reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 9+1reb, R.Kis 5+3reb+3ast
Alba: B.Taylor 18+7reb+9ast, P.Lorant 13+5reb+6ast, A.Keller 12+5reb+2ast, J.Farr 11+4reb+1ast, L.Markovic 9+7reb+1ast, A.Mohammed 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 543059


Kormend - Szolnok 109-81

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Kormend (22-10) crushed at home 5th ranked Szolnok (19-14) 109-81 on Thursday. The game without a history. Kormend led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.9 percent from the field. Kormend shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 65.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American-Liberian guard Lasan Kromah (198-91, college: Connecticut) who scored that evening 39 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) supported him with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Even 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) did not help to save the game for Szolnok. International power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kormend maintains second position with 22-10 record behind leader PVSK Pannon. Szolnok lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth place with 14 games lost. Kormend will meet Falco KC (#4) in the next round. Szolnok will play against the league's leader Alba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kormend: L.Kromah 39+6reb+4ast, L.Smith Jr. 25+10reb+6ast, S.Gibbs 17+1reb+7ast, C.Ferencz 16+3reb+3ast, M.Csorvasi 8+6reb+1ast, A.Nemeth 4+3reb+2ast
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 27+5reb+5ast, J.Eilingsfeld 11+9reb+1ast, M.Borisov 10+5reb+2ast, N.Pavlicevic 10+2reb+6ast, A.Popovic 9+6reb+2ast, A.Toth 7+3reb
gschID: 543058


Atomeromu - Vasas 70-59

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Vasas (6-25) lost to eleventh ranked Atomeromu (13-18) in Paks 59-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Atomeromu. Vasas managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by American forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) supported him with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Five Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St., agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Vasas. The former international swingman Akos Horvath (194-81, agency: HMS) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Atomeromu maintains eleventh position with 13-18 record. Newly promoted Vasas keep the thirteenth place with 25 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: L.Gilbert 20+6reb+4ast, M.Tiby 11+8reb+2ast, R.Watkins 11+12reb, L.Samenas 11+4reb+7ast, T.Will 10+2reb+1ast, M.Illes 5+1reb+2ast
Vasas: A.Pacher 18+8reb+2ast, A.Horvath 10+8reb+3ast, R.Taylor 7+2reb+3ast, S.Thompson 6+7reb+1ast, A.Garamvolgyi 5+6reb, G.Andrassy 3+1reb
gschID: 543057


KTE-Duna - Kaposvari 94-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kaposvari (18-14) against fourth ranked KTE-Duna (17-16) on Wednesday night. Visiting Kaposvari was crushed by KTE-Duna in Kecskemet 94-74. The game without a history. KTE-Duna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KTE-Duna forced 20 Kaposvari turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) responded with 15 points and 8 assists and American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTE-Duna moved-up to third place, which they share with Szedeak. Kaposvari at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. KTE-Duna will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kaposvari will play on the road against Szedeak in Szeged and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 27+7reb+6ast, T.Ivosev 18+5reb+3ast, K.Karahodzic 18+7reb+3ast, M.Djukanovic 15+3ast, M.Pongo 6+3reb+4ast, M.Pongo 5+1reb+2ast
Kaposvari: J.Wisseh 15+4reb+8ast, W.Frazier 15+5reb+1ast, M.Cooke 14+5reb+2ast, K.Simms 11+3reb, R.Hendlein 8+6reb+1ast, G.Baki 6+1ast
gschID: 543056


PVSK Pannon - Szedeak 93-61

An interesting game for PVSK Pannon (19-13) which hosted in Pecs 3rd ranked Szedeak (17-16). First ranked PVSK Pannon had an easy win 93-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-61. The winners were led by American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored that evening 23 points and the former international guard Zoltan Supola (190-88, agency: HMS) supported him with 20 points. Five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon's coach Ferenc Csirke felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Szedeak. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) added 9 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. PVSK Pannon maintains first position with 19-13 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the third place with 16 games lost. They share the position with KTE-Duna. PVSK Pannon will meet Sopron KC (#5) on the road in the next round. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Kaposvari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 23+2reb+1ast, Z.Supola 20+2reb+3ast, I.Sejfic 17+6reb, V.Budimir 11+6reb+3ast, A.Halasz 11+1reb+5ast, A.Nelson 4+6reb+4ast
Szedeak: L.Juhos 18+4reb, N.Sulovic 14+8reb+4ast, M.Boltic 9+5reb+4ast, A.Ciric 9+11reb+3ast, I.Lilov 9+1reb+3ast, M.Filipovics 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 543055





Smith Jr.'s double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Kormend and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Szolnok (#5, 19-14) with 28-point margin 109-81. Kormend maintains the 2nd position in Hungarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Kormend will need more victories to improve their 22-10 record. In the team's last game Smith Jr. had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kormend's top player in his first season with the team. Lenzelle Smith Jr. averages this season 14.7ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84, agency: BeoExcell) of KTE-Duna. He is Serbian swingman in his 4th season at KTE-Duna. In the last game Djerasimovic recorded impressive 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led KTE-Duna to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Kaposvari (#2, 18-14) 94-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. KTE-Duna consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 17-16 record is not bad at all. Djerasimovic is one of the most experienced players at KTE-Duna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kormend's star - guard Lasan Kromah (198-G-91). Kromah got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and four assists. He was another key player of Kormend, helping his team with a 109-81 easy win against the lower-ranked Szolnok (#5, 19-14). Kormend needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 10 lost games. Kromah has a great season in Hungary. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 47.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuel Ubilla (188-PG-86) of ZTE KK - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
5. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kemal Karahodzic (210-C-89) of KTE-Duna - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Lawrence Gilbert (200-F-86) of Atomeromu - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86) of ZTE KK - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Smith (193-G-94) of PVSK Pannon - 23 points and 2 rebounds

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Dominos League Round 4 of Finals. Grindavik catch up with KR in championship series - by Eurobasket News

Grindavik - KR 79-66

Grindavik rallied past KR at home court to even the title series at 2-2. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. KR managed to win third quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Dagur Jonsson (185-95, college: St.Francis, NY) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 21+7reb+4ast, T.Olafsson 16+1ast, D.Jonsson 12+5reb+5ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 10+5reb+1ast, T.Finnbogason 9+3reb, O.Olafsson 6+11reb+3ast
KR: P.Alawoya 19+11reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 16+10reb+7ast, J.Stefansson 14+5reb+2ast, B.Bjornsson 7+3reb+4ast, K.Acox 5+3reb, D.Hilmarsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 545212





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  IRAN  

D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cook, Chemidor23.1 
 2. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 3. Robinson, Petrochimi20.9 
 4. Prince, Azad19.2 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.4 
 7. Gacesa, Tabriz17.2 
 8. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.5 
 9. Jones, Azad15.2 
 10. Williams, Arak15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kazemi, Army11.5 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Kardoust, Arak9.3 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.8.5 
 7. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.5 
 8. Cukinas, Chemidor7.3 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.3 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Petrochimi
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Robinson, Petrochimi4.3 
 2. Davarpanah, Naft A.3.8 
 3. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.7 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.3.6 
 5. Prince, Azad3.6 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.5 
 7. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.2 
 8. Davoudi, Arak3.0 
 9. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.2.8 
 10. Williams, Arak2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hosley, Arak3.0 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Prince, Azad2.5 
 5. Perkins, Naft A.2.3 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 7. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.1 
 8. Robinson, Petrochimi1.8 
 9. Afagh, Arak1.7 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.0 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 6. Riaie, Chemidor0.9 
 7. Moradinasab, Gor.0.9 
 8. Soleimani, Kashan0.8 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 10. Torabi, Army0.7 


Recap of Superleague Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Petrochimi - Army 79-70

Petrochemi outgunned Army to open 2-0 lead in the series. Petrochimi shot 60.6 percent from the field. Petrochimi outrebounded Army 28-15 including a 24-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Army was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International Oshin Sahakian (200-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international Navid Farahani (194-88) replied with 13 points and the former international swingman Ashkan Khalilnejad (191-91) added 14 points in the effort for Army.
Top scorers:
Petrochimi: H.Haddadi 21+5reb+1ast, O.Sahakian 11+10reb+2ast, M.Jamshidi 8+5reb+1ast, B.Yakhchali 5+1reb+2ast, R.Lotfi 5+1reb, H.Hosseinzadeh 4+1reb+1ast
Army: A.Khalilnejad 14+3reb, N.Farahani 13+4reb+1ast, V.Dalirzahan 12+2reb+2ast, M.Sheikhi 5+2reb+3ast, M.Tavana 4, M.Torabi 2+1reb
gschID: 545403


Arak - Chemidor 98-62

Arak overwhlemed Chemidor to secure 2-0 advantage. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Chemidor managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Chemidor's 16. They outrebounded Chemidor 42-23 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Chemidor helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Bulgarian Filip Videnov (196-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. International center Asghar Kardoust (212-86) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American center Robert Upshaw (213-94, college: Washington) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Arak: A.Kardoust 20+8reb+2ast, H.Afagh 19+4reb+2ast, F.Videnov 19+8reb+3ast, Q.Hosley 9+4reb+6ast, M.Zarei 7+1reb, P.Khoshdooni 6+3reb+1ast
Chemidor: R.Upshaw 13+5reb, D.Cook 13+3reb+1ast, I.Zandi 8+4reb+3ast, A.Sedighi 8+4reb+1ast, P.Kiani 6+3reb+1ast, R.Derghokasian 5+1ast
gschID: 545405


Azad - Tabriz 89-81

Azad rallied to the second straight victory in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-81. Azad outrebounded Tabriz 51-40 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Azad made 7 blocks. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) scored 32 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Mohammad Yousofvand (207-96) chipped in 14 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Four Azad players scored in double figures. Croatian guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-83, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 29 points and Sajjad Pazrofteh produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Azad: D.Jones 32+7reb+3ast, F.Sabouri 16+7reb, M.Yousofvand 14+17reb+1ast, A.Armen Allahverdi 10+3reb+1ast, M.Rasoul 7+2reb+1ast, A.James Ogilvy 4+10reb+1ast
Tabriz: H.Puljko 29+4reb+2ast, A. Taherkhani 13+6reb+1ast, S.Pazrofteh 12+13reb+2ast, M.Falahat 7+2reb+4ast, S.Reyhani 7+7reb+1ast, V.Hajian 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 545404


Naft Abadan - Kashan 78-64

Naft Abadan topped Kashan to stay victorious in the series. The game without a history. Naft Abadan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds by the former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) did not help to save the game for Kashan. Majid Salehi-Bozorgi (186-88) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Naft Abadan: M.Mirzaei 18+11reb+1ast, S.Mashayekhi 14+8reb+2ast, S.Davarpanah 10+5reb+4ast, M.Reza Akbari 9+4reb, M.Hassanzadeh 7+6reb+1ast, F.Aslani 7+8reb+6ast
Kashan: M.Soleimani 20+10reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 16+5reb+5ast, M.Rezaei 7+9reb+1ast, M.Khaleghifar 6+7reb+1ast, M.Shahrian 6+6reb+1ast, H.Rahmati 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 545402





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  ISRAEL  

Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A20.2 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.18.8 
 3. Selby, Maccabi K/G17.0 
 4. Simon, Maccabi .16.9 
 5. Milbourne, Hapoel E.16.8 
 6. Tucker, Hapoel T-A16.4 
 7. Bell, Hapoel Holon16.3 
 8. Siggers, Galil Gilboa16.2 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .16.0 
 10. Vargas, Maccabi .15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.10.3 
 2. Holloway, Galil G.10.0 
 3. Atkins, Hapoel Holon8.5 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.8.2 
 5. Howell, Hapoel T-A7.8 
 6. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 7. Carmichael, Maccabi .7.6 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.2 
 9. Bowman, Maccabi .6.8 
 10. Griffin, Galil Gilboa6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .6.4 
 2. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.2 
 3. Kitchen, Ironi N.5.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A5.5 
 5. Mekel, Maccabi T-A5.1 
 6. Taylor, Hapoel Holon4.7 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Lyons, Hapoel T-A4.5 
 9. Limonad, Hapoel T.4.5 
 10. Ewing, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Carter, Maccabi .1.9 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.1.9 
 3. Vargas, Maccabi .1.8 
 4. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 5. DiBartolomeo, Maccabi .1.7 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.7 
 7. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 8. Dennis, Bnei H.1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Eric GRIFFIN
  Galil Gilboa
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 2. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.5 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.2 
 4. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 5. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 6. Adrien, Bnei H.1.1 
 7. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. McCrea, Maccabi .0.9 
 9. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat0.9 
 10. Kelly, Maccabi K/G0.9 


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.7 
 2. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa21.7 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.4 
 5. Esho, Ramat H.20.6 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A20.4 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.3 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.19.9 
 9. Jordan, Galil Elion19.7 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE
  Ironi R.
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Lee, Ironi R.12.5 
 2. Jordan, Galil Elion11.6 
 3. Warren, Maccabi .11.3 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S10.8 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.6 
 6. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 7. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.2 
 8. Allen, Hapoel B/S10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.9 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.6.8 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S5.8 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.5 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.9 
 7. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.5 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.4 
 10. Tal, Hapoel Afula4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.5 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .2.3 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.1 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.1.9 
 9. Pointer, Ironi K-A1.9 
 10. Rosenberg, Hapoel M.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Lee, Ironi R.1.9 
 4. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.5 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 9. Roberts, Ironi N.1.2 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.2 


Coach Rami Hadar left Hapoel Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Head coach Rami Hadar left Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League). He helped them to make it to the cup final. Hadar also coached for Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv earlier that season.
He coached in the final of Israeli National League in 2014.
Hadar has coached previously three other teams: Maccabi Haifa, Benyamina and Hapoel Afula.

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Winner League Round 29: Hapoel Jerusalem edges Bnei Hasharon by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Winner League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Winner League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (16-13) to fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-13) 84-82 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Bar Timor (190-92) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Hapoel Eilat delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Will Daniels contributed with 18 points for the winners. International Tomer Ginat (202-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Holon (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-14). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 85-74 on Friday. James Bell stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gregory Vargas responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Holon will meet at home bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kiryat Gat. Local Maccabi K/G (4-25) was outscored by third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-11) 84-65. Devin Smith nailed 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 18-11 record behind leader Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost their ninth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 29 Galil Gilboa was defeated by Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion 83-69. Ironi Nahariya beat Maccabi Ashdod at home 75-68.

Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 74-85

The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Second ranked Hapoel Holon (19-10) played at the court of 6th ranked Maccabi Haifa (15-14). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 85-74 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa managed to win fourth quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Maccabi Haifa turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darion Atkins (203-92, college: Virginia) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized American point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel Holon keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the sixth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Holon will meet at home bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 22+5reb+1ast, J.DiBartolomeo 13+5reb+3ast, W.Workman 11+7reb, A.Simhon 8+5reb+2ast, R.Freeman 8+2reb, O.Blayzer 5+7reb+3ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 28+10reb+1ast, D.Atkins 20+5reb+3ast, T.Holloway 15+3reb+2ast, S.Harush 8+4reb+4ast, G.Israeli 5+3ast, R.Huber 3+2reb+5ast
gschID: 540744


Hapoel J-M - Bnei Hertzeliyya 84-82

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Winner League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Bnei Hasharon (16-13) to fifth ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (16-13) 84-82 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 32-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international point guard Bar Timor (190-92) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem's coach Simone Pianigiani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Hapoel Jerusalem have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bnei Hertzeliyya. Hapoel Jerusalem is looking forward to face league's leader Hapoel Eilat on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: J.Adrien 21+12reb+1ast, T.Green 16+1reb+6ast, B.Triche 12+5reb+2ast, T.Maayan 11+1ast, K.Mashour 9+10reb, H.Kanacevic 6+3reb+6ast
Hapoel J-M: R.Howell 19+4reb, C.Jerrells 18+4reb, B.Timor 15+2reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 12+6reb+8ast, A.Stoudemire 7+10reb, Y.Halperin 6+4ast
gschID: 540747


Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel T-A 91-84

Leader Hapoel Eilat delivered the nineteenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (13-16) 91-84. It looked good early as Hapoel Tel-Aviv took a 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hapoel Eilat took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. American point guard Pierria Henry (193-93, college: Charlotte) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 18 points for the winners. International Tomer Ginat (202-94) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Mark Lyons (185-89, college: Arizona, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Four Hapoel Eilat and five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Eilat (19-10) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Eilat will play against Hapoel Jerusalem (#4) at home in the next round. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Galil Gilboa (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Lyons 17+2reb+1ast, A.Banks 15+1reb+2ast, T.Ginat 14+5reb+3ast, B.Dawson 11+7reb, A.Tucker 10+7reb+1ast, R.Limonad 6+1reb+8ast
Hapoel Eilat: W.Daniels 18+4reb+3ast, P.Henry 17+6reb+9ast, A.Nissim 16+1reb, L.Milbourne 14+8reb, C.Colman 8+3reb+2ast, R.Menco 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 540746


Maccabi Rishon - Galil Gilboa 83-69

There was no surprise in Rishon Le-Zion where 11th ranked Galil Gilboa (12-17) was defeated by seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (15-14) 83-69. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Rishon. Galil Gilboa was better in third quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Rishon forced 23 Galil Gilboa turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American guard Cameron Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: Inception Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international power forward Idan Zalmanson (206-95) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Maccabi Rishon's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Michael Qualls (197-94, college: Arkansas) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Galil Gilboa in the defeat. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Maccabi Rishon. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya and Maccabi Haifa. Newly promoted Galil Gilboa dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be Maccabi Ashdod (#10) on the road. Galil Gilboa will play against Hapoel Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: E.Griffin 18+8reb, M.Qualls 17+6reb, J.Siggers 9+6reb+2ast, M.Holloway 8+12reb+3ast, J.Shuchman 7+3reb+9ast, E.Skverer 5+3reb+3ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Moore 19+1reb+1ast, C.Long 18+10reb+4ast, I.Zalmanson 13+5reb+4ast, C.Thomas 9+1reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+3reb+6ast, E.Kadir 6+5reb
gschID: 540745


Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi Ashdod 75-68

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Ironi Nahariya (15-14) defeated at home 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-17) 75-68. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 21-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Ashdod's 32. They outrebounded Maccabi Ashdod 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. The game was dominated by American players. Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 26 points and 6 assists and center Jackie Carmichael (206-90, college: Illinois St.) added 14 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Ashdod in the defeat. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Ironi Nahariya's next round opponent will be higher ranked Maccabi T-A (#3) in Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Ashdod will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 26+4reb+6ast, J.Carmichael 14+13reb+2ast, J.Cohen 11+6reb+1ast, M.Little 5+2reb+2ast, B.Altit 4+4reb, I.Ziv 3+4ast
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 18+7reb+4ast, T.Nash 16+14reb+1ast, I.Nesterenko 8+2reb, N.Berkowitz 8+5reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 7+2reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 540743


Maccabi K/G - Maccabi T-A 65-84

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kiryat Gat. Local Maccabi K/G (4-25) was outscored by third ranked Maccabi T-A (18-11) 84-65. It looked good early as Maccabi K/G took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi T-A had a 30-15 second period charge getting the lead and Maccabi K/G was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-84. They outrebounded Maccabi K/G 33-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) nailed 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with 19 points and the other American import point guard Josh Selby (188-91, college: Kansas, agency: HMS) added 17 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for Maccabi K/G in the defeat. Maccabi T-A maintains third place with 18-11 record behind leader Hapoel Eilat. Maccabi K/G lost their ninth game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Ironi Nahariya (#8) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi K/G will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Holon (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 19+2reb+2ast, J.Selby 17+2reb+3ast, E.Shulman 10+4reb+3ast, N.Laish 8+2reb, N.Segal 6+1reb, A.Rosenberg 4+2reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: G.Mekel 14+1reb+4ast, D.Smith 11+6reb+6ast, Y.Ohayon 9+4reb+5ast, V.Rudd 8+3reb+2ast, S.Landesberg 8+2reb+2ast, Q.Miller-Scott 7+1reb
gschID: 540742





National League Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Ironi Nes-Ziona and Hapoel B/S - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona - Maccabi H/H 94-80

Ironi Nes-Ziona outgunned Maccabi Hod Hasharon to gain 2-1 lead in the semifinal series. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 29 personal fouls committed by Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Ido Stolero (189-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. Gil Amitay (197-89) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 25+10reb, O.Shaashoua 16+3reb+3ast, I.Simin 14+7reb+1ast, V.Teel 11+6reb+8ast, S.Basis 5+2reb+1ast, A.Sasson 4+1reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: I.Stolero 20+1reb+5ast, G.Amitay 17+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 12+5reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+7reb+3ast, J.Beal 11+4reb+2ast, L.Roberts 11+10reb+2ast
gschID: 544449


Hapoel K/S - Hapoel B/S 75-83

Hapoel B/S upset Hapoel K/S on the road to surge ahead in the series. Hapoel B/S dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 24. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Hapoel B/S players scored in double figures. Point guard Adi Cohen (178-93) came up with 27 points and 6 assists and forward Eitan Rotemberg (197-91) added 22 points respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: A.Cohen 27+3reb+6ast, E.Rotemberg 22+3reb+1ast, M.Ruina 7+5reb+4ast, D.Livingston 6+5reb+5ast, G.Gilinski 5+3reb+1ast, T.Watson 5+6reb+4ast
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 20+5reb+2ast, B.Eisenhardt 12+6reb+1ast, T.Ariely 11+1reb+4ast, O.Cohen 10+4reb, A.Fisher 10+3reb+3ast, J.Allen 10+13reb+9ast
gschID: 544448





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Trae Anderson's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Trae Anderson (196-SF) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ylli and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The recorded a triple-double of 19 points adding also thirteen rebounds and eleven assists, while his team beat Vellaznimi (#8, 2-26) 84-74. Ylli maintains the 5th position in Kosovan SuperLeague. Ylli is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-15 record. Anderson just recently signed at Ylli, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Eastern Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg. Anderson is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.2rpg), assists (2nd best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Arian Qallaku (195-G-92) of Peja. Qallaku impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Peja lost that game 81-92 to slightly higher-ranked Bashkimi (#2, 22-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Peja still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 19-6 record is not bad at all. Qallaku is one of the most experienced players at Peja and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.9ppg (#5). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Besnik Sharku (203-C-89) of Rahoveci (#6). Sharku scored 18 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sharku's great performance Rahoveci lost 72-118 to the higher-ranked Sigal Prishtina (#1, 23-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Rahoveci not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sharku could try to bring Rahoveci's a little bit higher in the standings. Sharku has a very solid season. In 25 games in Kosovo he scored 5.5ppg. He also has 5.6rpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Granit Rugova (198-F-85) of Sigal Prishtina - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Montrael Scott (190-G-93) of Trepca - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Alban Latifaj (185-PG-91) of Kerasan - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Besnik Azemi (200-F/C-89) of Trepca - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Drilon Hajrizi (203-F-91) of Sigal Prishtina - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Beqe Kovaqi (196-SF-94) of Vellaznimi - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Temi Soyebo (183-PG-84) of Bashkimi - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



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Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League Awards 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Asia-Basket.com All-Kuwait League 1st Team 2017
Turkey Alshmry
Alshmry
Jum'a Abdel Rahman
Abdel Rahman
Nayef AlRashidi
AlRashidi
Abdullah AlShammari
AlShammari
Hussein Almosawi
Almosawi

Player of the Year: Turkey Alshmry of Al Jahraa
Point Guard of the Year: Turkey Alshmry of Al Jahraa
Shooting Guard of The Year: Jum'a Abdel Rahman (192-G/F-87) of Al Kuwait
Small Forward of the Year: Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) of Al Jahraa
Power Forward of the Year: Abdullah AlShammari (201-F-89) of Al Kuwait
Center of the Year: Hussein Almosawi of Kazma
Most Improved Player of the Year: Mostafa Alrfaey of Al Kuwait
Best Young Player of the Year: Mohamad Adnan of Al Kuwait
Coach of the Year: Toni Vujanic of Kazma

1st Team
: Turkey Alshmry of Al Jahraa
G/F: Jum'a Abdel Rahman (192-G/F-87) of Al Kuwait
SF: Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) of Al Jahraa
F: Abdullah AlShammari (201-F-89) of Al Kuwait
: Hussein Almosawi of Kazma

2nd Team
G: Bader Al Otaibi (G-88) of Al Nasar
: Bader Alsane of Al Jahraa
: Abdulaziz Alhomaidi of Al Qadsia
F: Mohammad Ashkanani (193-F-84) of Kazma
: Mohamad Adnan of Al Kuwait



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LBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Valmiera and Jekabpils post wins - by Eurobasket News

Valmiera - Liepaja/Triobet 100-94

Valmiera held off Liepaja/Triobet to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 33-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while Liepaja/Triobet only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Liepaja/Triobet was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored 24 points and 8 assists. The former international Arturs Berzins (204-88) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 14 points, 12 assists and 6 steals respectively. Five Valmiera and four Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures. Liepaja/Triobet's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 24+2reb+8ast, J.Kaufmanis 19+3reb+3ast, M.Laksa 19+3reb+2ast, A.Berzins 18+7reb+4ast, D.Fischer 12+10reb+2ast, L.Blaus 8+2reb
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 33+3reb+5ast, C.Montgomery 15+7reb+1ast, M.Griffin 14+3reb+12ast, A.Butjankovs 13+8reb+2ast, M.Jurevicus 8+1ast, J.Steele 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 544499


Jekabpils - Barons Riga 93-92 OT

Jekabpils outscored Barons Riga in overtime to regain the lead in the series. Barons Riga was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Jekabpils, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-12. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Barons Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was the former international center Andrejs Selakovs (207-88, agency: Players Group) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Roberts Stumbris (199-93) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) who recorded 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Lithuanian Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: A.Selakovs 21+12reb+2ast, R.Stumbris 18+8reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 12+4reb+3ast, P.Veselovs 9+4reb, R.Sirsnins 8+4reb+6ast, J.Antrops 8+5reb+3ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 28+5reb+7ast, T.Jogela 17+6reb, K.Mediss 14+3ast, D.Geks 11+1reb, D.Krestinin 9+10reb+1ast, R.Freimanis 5+5reb
gschID: 544498





LBL2 Round 1 of Finals. Jelgava open win count - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - ViA 87-77

Jelgava fired past ViA to victoriously open LBL2 Finals. The game was mostly controlled by Jelgava. ViA managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by ViA helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Janis Engers (200-95) added 18 points in the effort for ViA. Four Jelgava and five ViA players scored in double figures. ViA's coach Roberts Zeile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: E.Krumins 23+8reb+2ast, K.Krumins 18+5reb+4ast, G.Justovics 15+1reb+5ast, A.Justovics 10+5reb+1ast, T.Bititis 7+6reb, J.Berzins 5+2reb
ViA: J.Engers 18+2reb+2ast, K.Dubults 15+8reb+1ast, E.Ivanovs 13+4reb+1ast, V.Veveris 11+1reb+3ast, T.Kohanovs 10+5reb+4ast, O.Grinbergs 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 544967





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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Khatib, Homenetmen24.6 
 3. Johnson, Louaize24.0 
 4. Efevberha, Sagesse23.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville23.3 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 7. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed22.7 
 9. Ebi, Byblos22.2 
 10. Jackson, Homen.21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Champville
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Townes, Champville13.2 
 2. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 3. Upshaw, Mayrouba12.3 
 4. Majok, Homenetmen11.8 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse10.5 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed10.5 
 7. Bawji, Champville9.6 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.1 
 9. Thomas, Hoops8.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.5 
 2. Mezher, Hoops8.1 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon6.4 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.3 
 5. Rembert, Champville6.1 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.4 
 8. Pigram, Tadamon5.2 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse4.9 
 10. Spencer, Moutahed4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.0 
 4. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 6. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
 9. Tucker, Byblos1.7 
 10. Brown, Al Riyadi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.6 
 2. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 3. Townes, Champville2.2 
 4. Godfrey, Sagesse1.8 
 5. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 6. Melvin, Moutahed1.6 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.5 
 8. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.1 
 9. Tabet, Moutahed1.1 
 10. Lewis, Louaize1.0 


Review of Pepsi LBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi - Sagesse 86-67

Al Riyadi regained the lead in the series versus Sagesse. Al Riyadi made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Al Riyadi especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian swingman Branko Cvetkovic (200-84, agency: AproK Sports Group) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). The former international swingman Jean Abdel-Nour (198-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Calvin Godfrey (206-90, college: Memphis) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American-Ukrainian guard Steven Burtt (189-84, college: Iona) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Al Riyadi: B.Cvetkovic 26+6reb+3ast, M.Haidar 18+5reb+2ast, J.Abdel Nour 13+15reb+3ast, A.Aminu 9+2reb, O.Johnson 8+3reb+2ast, A.Saoud 7+4reb+8ast
Sagesse: S.Burtt 16+2reb+5ast, C.Godfrey 16+10reb+3ast, M.Faye 13+5reb+2ast, M.Ibrahim 9+3reb+4ast, P.Bou Abboud 8+7reb+1ast, B.Ammoury 5+2reb
gschID: 544479


Byblos - Tadamon 81-65

Byblos outgunned Tadamon to take 2-1 lead. The game was mostly controlled by Byblos. Tadamon was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Maurice Kemp (203-91, college: E.Carolina, agency: Duran International) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian-Serbian center Mile Ilic (215-84) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Tadamon.
Top scorers:
Byblos: J.Youngblood 25+5reb+3ast, C.Tucker 20+5reb+3ast, A.Traore 19+6reb+1ast, R.Akl 6+3reb+1ast, A.Kanaan 6+3reb, J.Aby Khers 3+5reb+2ast
Tadamon: M.Kemp 22+9reb, M.Ilic 16+13reb+2ast, J.Khalil 10+2reb+1ast, C.Pigram 9+3reb+4ast, A.Fakhreddine 6+6reb, G.Hadidian 2+9reb+1ast
gschID: 544478


Homenetmen - Champville 90-82

Homenetmen secured their semifinal birth as they swept Champville. Homenetmen looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Fadi El-Khatib (198-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) helped adding 20 points and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Three Eye Sports) with 21 points and 6 assists and the former international forward Bassel Bawji (203-89, college: Tulsa) scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Homenetmen: F.El Khatib 24+8reb+6ast, A.Majok 20+16reb+1ast, H.Gyokchyan 18+4reb, D.Jackson 14+6reb+5ast, E.Chamoun 8, K.Galloway 6+5reb+15ast
Champville: B.Thomas 21+4reb+6ast, M.Cummings 18+3reb+3ast, B.Bawji 15+9reb+4ast, D.Orton 14+12reb+2ast, A.Farhat 7+5reb+5ast, J.Assi 3
gschID: 544477


Moutahed - Louaize 71-56

Moutahed overcame Louaize to secure 2-1 advantage. The game was mostly controlled by Al Moutahed. Louaize was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Louaize to just 4 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Louaize 42-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Dewarick Spencer (192-82, college: Arkansas St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led the winners and scored 31 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Ramel Curry (191-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists for the winning side. International guard Geron Johnson (190-92, college: Memphis) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Alandise Harris (198-90, college: Arkansas, agency: Diamond Sports) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Louaize in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Moutahed: D.Spencer 31+9reb, R.Curry 23+3reb+5ast, E.Rustom 10+3reb+4ast, C.Melvin 7+16reb+1ast, R.Akl 0+1reb, O.El Ayoubi 0+1reb
Louaize: G.Johnson 24+8reb+1ast, A.Harris 15+6reb, M.Martinez 7+4reb, J.Salem 7, R.Bechara 3+1reb, E.Bechara 0+2reb
gschID: 544476





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  LITHUANIA  


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 36 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97) had an amazing evening in the last round for Siauliai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 19-year old had the game-high 38 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Siauliai as his team lost the game against Neptunas (#4, 21-15) 78-85. Siauliai maintains the 10th position in Lithuanian LKL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Siauliai have already lost 30 games and recorded just six victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Echodas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Echodas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 5.9rpg) and averages solid 51.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Juventus. Diggs impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Juventus lost that game 76-90 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#1, 33-3). Juventus managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 19-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diggs is a newcomer at Juventus and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.3ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 5.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jimmy Baron (191-G-86) of second-ranked Lietuvos rytas. Baron scored 21 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Lietuvos rytas, leading his team to a 88-79 win against the lower-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 15-21). Lietuvos rytas needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 10 lost games. Baron has a great season in Lithuania. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 56.0% and 3PT: 41.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89) of Nevezis - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Lorenzo Williams (190-PG-84) of Lietkabelis - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Clevin Hannah (179-PG-87) of Lietuvos rytas - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Alejandro Hernandez (189-G-90) of Dzukija - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Chris Lofton (188-G-86) of Neptunas - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rokas Giedraitis (198-SF-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Lithuanians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Banvit to a victory over the league outsider TED Kolejliler (2-25) crushing them 97-71 in the Turkish BSL in Friday night's game. Orelik was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and blocked 2 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (18-9) is placed fifth in the BSL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Orelik has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 61.7%(58-94), 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 80.6% in 27 games he played so far. Orelik played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Tauras Jogela
Tauras Jogela
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Latvia). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga (16-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Jogela's very good performance Barons Riga was defeated 89-84 on the road by the higher-ranked Jekabpils (#3). He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Jogela also added 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Jogela has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 74.3%. He played for the Lithuanian U22 national team in 2015.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy). Lydeka contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-16) 87-79 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (17-11) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Lydeka's first season with the team. This year Lydeka's overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(72-119) and FT: 67.4% in 26 games. Former Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius starter played for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

Modestas Kumpys
Modestas Kumpys
   #4. Guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to help Jekabpils (18-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Jekabpils was defeated 82-76 in Riga by the lower-ranked Barons (#4). Kumpys was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Kumpys has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2011.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #5. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid (23-7) in their game against Darussafaka (16-14) in the Euroleague. Maciulis scored 5 points in 13 minutes. The league leader Real Madrid lost 80-84 at home to the much lower-ranked (#8) Darussafaka. This year Maciulis' total stats are: 6.2ppg and 2.3rpg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #6. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Toronto Raptors win their game against the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) 87-76 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 51-31 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. Valanciunas has very impressive stats this season: 11.8ppg and 9.4rpg in 86 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) was the major contributor in a ZTE KK's victory against the second-ranked Kormend (21-10) crushing them 102-81 in the Hungarian A Division last Thursday. Drungilas recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-5. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (21-11) is placed third. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Drungilas has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Laimonas Chatkevicius
Laimonas Chatkevicius
   #8. Power forward Laimonas Chatkevicius (211-93, college: S.Carolina, currently plays in Poland) helped MKS Dabrowa Gornicza win their game against the closely-ranked Energa Czarni (18-13) 89-85 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Chatkevicius scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 14 minutes. MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (19-12) is placed sixth in the PLK. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Chatkevicius has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

Eimantas Bendzius
Eimantas Bendzius
   #9. Former University international forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (9-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Bendzius' good performance Blusens Monbus was defeated 86-78 in Murcia by the higher-ranked UCAM (#10). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Bendzius also added 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bendzius has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #10. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tauras Jogela. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL which we would like to mention. Krestinin couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Barons Riga (16-15) in their game against Jekabpils (18-14). He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. But Barons Riga was edged in an overtime 93-92 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Jekabpils. Krestinin has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 34 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Basic-Fit Brussels (19-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Peciukevicius' good performance Basic-Fit Brussels was edged 91-90 in Jemappes by the lower-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8). He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Peciukevicius has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the seventh-ranked Leyma Basquet 86-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Slezas had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. Slezas has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in 32 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Portugal) helped CAB Madeira win their game against the third-ranked Electrico FC 92-85 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Gydra recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Gydra's stats this season are: 13.5ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the third-ranked BM Slam Stal 82-77 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #15. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif (8-19) in their last game. Despite Vasiliauskas' good performance Usak Sportlif lost 69-82 in Bursa to the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas. He scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes. Vasiliauskas' stats this year are: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.4apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Lithuanian passport but never been selected to any of Lithuanian national teams:

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia). Shurna could not help Cedevita (18-8) to beat GKK Sibenik (21-5). He scored 5 points and added 5 passes. Cedevita was defeated 69-64 at home by the leading GKK Sibenik. Shurna's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Shurna has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) led BG Goettingen to a victory against the sixth-ranked Telekom Baskets (17-13) 78-66 in the German BBL on Sunday night. Veikalas scored 15 points in 22 minutes. BG Goettingen (19-3) is placed first in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Veikalas' stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.3apg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Dukes (4-27) 89-72 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. Gaidys recorded 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 25 minutes. Basket Swans Gmunden (21-10) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Gaidys has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in 23 games.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to an overtime COR-Borisfen's victory against the closely-ranked Grodno-93 (27-5) 79-74 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (29-3) is placed first in the Premier League. Kamarunas averaged so far 13.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.4apg and 1.9spg.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Neuchatel (13-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Neuchatel (13-12) lost 76-81 on the road to the second-ranked Monthey in the Places 1-6 group. Danys scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Neuchatel's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Danys averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games.

   #6. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CFBB crushing them 82-61 in the French NM1 (third division) on Sunday night. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Virbalas has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cocinas.com 89-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He scored 7 points in only 10 minutes. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 33 games.

   #8. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) helped Tartu Ulikool win their game against the seventh-ranked TLU/Kalev 74-56 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Thursday night. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. Milka averaged so far 12.1ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games.

   #9. Robertas Grabauskas (208-C-90, agency: HMS, college: Northwood, currently plays in Spain) helped Palma win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Prat crushing them 82-56 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Grabauskas has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #10. Mantas Kazonas (202-F-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mantas Virbalas and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Kazonas helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the league outsider CFBB crushing them 82-61. He recorded 6 points. Kazonas averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg.



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  MALI  


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Malians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He contributed to Monaco's victory against the tenth-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (14-15) 92-88 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Sy scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court. AS Monaco Basket (26-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Sy averages: 7.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 73.1% in 29 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked CB Granada (20-10) crushing them 80-59 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Sidibe scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (17-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was Blancos de Rueda's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sidibe's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 46.5% and FT: 44.0%. Sidibe played for the Mali national team in 2015.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France). He led SAP Vaucluse to a victory against the seventh-ranked Rueil (19-15) 102-93 in the French NM1 (third division) on Sunday night. Soumaoro recorded 17 points (made all of his six free throws) in 22 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (15-19) is placed 14th in the NM1. The Regular Season already ended. This year Soumaoro's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 77.8% in 32 games. He played for the Mali national team six years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #4. Point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Caen's victory against the 15th-ranked Angers BC (13-21) 86-77 in the French NM1 (third division) in Sunday night's game. Chelle recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Caen Basket Calvados (27-7) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Chelle's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Chelle played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #5. Former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse could not help Orchesien BC (19-15) to beat GET Vosges (21-13). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Cisse recorded only 2 points and added 3 passes in 22 minutes. Orchesien BC lost 71-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) GET Vosges. The Regular Season already ended. Cisse has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg in 34 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Cisse used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #6. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-Maurienne in their game against Chorale de Roanne (13-16) in the French ProB (second division). He did not beat the league record on Tuesday evening. Ballo scored only 2 points. Aix-Maurienne was edged 79-76 in Roanne by the higher-ranked Chorale de (#13). Ballo's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #7. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) contributed to a Vendee Challans' victory against the 12th-ranked Saint Vallier (16-18) 82-76 in the French NM1 (third division) in Sunday night's game. Saounera recorded 9 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in 35 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (19-15) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg in 34 games. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Bandja Sy (204-F-90) plays for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA
Cheick Diallo (206-C/F-96) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProA
Sambou Traore (198-PF-79) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProB
Nouhoum Bocoum (208-F/C-94) plays for Zornotza in Spanish LEB Silver
Baba Samake (200-F-94) plays for Saint Chamond in French ProB
Modibo Niakate (185-G-81) plays for Pontoise in French NM2
Namory Boundy (202-F-89) plays for JSA Bordeaux in French NM2
Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95) plays for GET Vosges in French NM1
Mahamadou Doucoure (208-C-85) plays for Metz-Ste Marie in French NM2

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Mali playing currently abroad. Go to Mali Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  MEXICO  

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Guasave
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Franklin, Guasave27.6 
 2. Forte, Los Mochis25.7 
 3. Yeager, Guasave25.2 
 4. Ammons, Navolato23.2 
 5. Samarco, Durango23.0 
 6. Rice-Jr, Obregon22.1 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato21.7 
 8. Glover, Obregon21.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo21.2 
 10. Tucker, Mazatlan20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron FORTE
  Los Mochis
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Forte, Los Mochis13.2 
 2. Ammons, Navolato12.1 
 3. Glover, Obregon10.6 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana9.5 
 5. Puckett, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Little, Hermosillo8.8 
 7. Glaze, Culiacan7.9 
 8. Lathan, Tijuana7.8 
 9. Early, Los Mochis7.8 
 10. Morrison, Tijuana7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dwayne MITCHELL
  Navolato
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mitchell, Navolato6.3 
 2. Morrison, Tijuana5.3 
 3. Yeager, Guasave5.3 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 5. Rice-Jr, Obregon4.8 
 6. Perez, Hermosillo4.5 
 7. Kabongo, Hermosillo4.2 
 8. Marigney, Guaymas3.9 
 9. Newby, Los Mochis3.8 
 10. Forte, Los Mochis3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jeff EARLY
  Los Mochis
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Early, Los Mochis2.6 
 2. Rice-Jr, Obregon1.9 
 3. Morrison, Tijuana1.6 
 4. Casillas, Mazatlan1.4 
 5. Newby, Los Mochis1.3 
 6. Eldridge, Navolato1.3 
 7. Mitchell, Navolato1.3 
 8. Tucker, Mazatlan1.3 
 9. Hutchingson, Obreg.1.2 
 10. Morris-W., Culiacan1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Guaymas
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heyward, Guaymas2.1 
 2. Ammons, Navolato1.6 
 3. Puckett, Culiacan1.2 
 4. Gibson, Tijuana1.1 
 5. Pittman, Guasave1.0 
 6. Lathan, Tijuana1.0 
 7. Hernandez, Los M.0.6 
 8. Keller, Durango0.6 
 9. Spurlock, Hermosillo0.6 
 10. Villanueva, Hermo.0.5 


CIBACOPA Round 20: Ostioneros de Guaymas defeat leader Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-8) 88-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) contributed with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Perez (190-91, college: Nevada) replied with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Rayos de Hermosillo. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-6) against sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (9-10) on Friday night. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in a tough game in Ciudad Obregon 101-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and Omar Thomas who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-11). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by Dominic Cheek who scored that evening 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 29 points by Travis Franklin did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Culiacan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-12) to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-13) 85-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was DuVaughn Maxwell who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 6-13 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
The game between 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-14) and eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-11) in Durango on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Navolato outscored Aguilas Doradas de Durango 114-94. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Kevin Rogers orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and hope to win that game.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 31 points and 10 rebounds by Michael Glover of Obregon.

Obregon - Mazatlan 101-105

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Halcones de Ciudad Obregon (13-6) against sixth ranked Lobos UAD Mazatlan (9-10) on Friday night. Host Halcones de Ciudad Obregon was defeated by Lobos UAD Mazatlan in a tough game in Ciudad Obregon 101-105. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Halcones de Ciudad Obregon. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Cliff Tucker (198-89, college: Maryland) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Omar Thomas (196-82, college: UTEP) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Glen Rice-Jr (198-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Michael Glover (203-87, college: Iona) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Five Lobos UAD Mazatlan and four Halcones de Ciudad Obregon players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Lobos UAD Mazatlan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Halcones de Ciudad Obregon will play again at home against Lobos UAD Mazatlan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Obregon: M.Glover 31+10reb+2ast, G.Rice Jr. 29+10reb+4ast, L.Atterberry 14+10reb+2ast, N.Leon 12+4reb+4ast, J.Hutchingson 9+2reb+2ast, I.Leon 3+1reb
Mazatlan: C.Tucker 26+6reb+3ast, S.Edwards 21+5reb+3ast, O.Thomas 20+9reb, J.Alfredo Casillas 16+10reb+1ast, J.Ledbetter 13+6reb+7ast, M.Reza 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536375


Guasave - Tijuana 83-90

The game in Guasave was also quite interesting. Third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Frayles de Guasave (8-11). Tijuana Zonkeys managed to secure a 7-point victory 90-83 on Friday. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Frayles de Guasave's 20. They outrebounded Frayles de Guasave 32-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American players dominated also this game. The winners were led by guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) who scored that evening 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Trayvon Lathan (201-84, college: Chowan) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Lathan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 29 points by forward Travis Franklin (200-88, college: Colorado St., agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Frayles de Guasave. Forward Sammy Yeager (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Navolato. Tijuana Zonkeys will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Frayles de Guasave will play again against Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guasave: T.Franklin 29+2reb+2ast, S.Yeager 19+7reb+6ast, E.Pittman 14+2reb+3ast, L.Davis 11+4reb, G.Mondragon 9+1reb, A.Cervantes 1+3reb
Tijuana: K.Scott 22+1reb, T.Lathan 20+7reb+1ast, D.Cheek 17+6reb+6ast, L.Gibson 10+7reb+2ast, D. Dunkley 9+6reb+6ast, J.Zesati 8+2reb+1ast
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Durango - Navolato 94-114

The game between 10th ranked Aguilas Doradas de Durango (4-14) and eighth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-11) in Durango on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Navolato outscored Aguilas Doradas de Durango 114-94. Garra Canera de Navolato shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Kevin Rogers (206-86, college: Baylor) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Forward Mychal Ammons (198-92, college: S.Alabama) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Point guard Jordon Crawford (168, college: Bowling Green) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Roscoe Smith (206-91, college: UNLV) added 28 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aguilas Doradas de Durango. Garra Canera de Navolato moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guasave. Aguilas Doradas de Durango lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round. Aguilas Doradas de Durango will play again at home against Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Durango: J.Crawford 33+2reb+5ast, R.Smith 28+6reb, O.Richards 19+5reb+3ast, R.Battle 4, A.Matron 3+2reb+1ast, I.Avalos 3+5reb+2ast
Navolato: K.Rogers 28+8reb+5ast, M.Ammons 22+8reb, E. Zuniga 21+3reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 19+6reb+4ast, J.David Estrada 12+3reb+2ast, D.Eldridge 12+7reb+4ast
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Hermosillo - Guaymas 87-88

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-3) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (11-8) 88-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Rayos de Hermosillo. Ostioneros de Guaymas made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American-Bahrain swingman Rashad Woods (197-86, college: Kent St.) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds. American center Shane Heyward (200-92, college: Columbus St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Michael Perez (190-91, college: Nevada) replied with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Rayos de Hermosillo. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains fourth position with 11-8 record. Rayos de Hermosillo at the other side still keeps top place with three games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rayos de Hermosillo will play again at home against Ostioneros de Guaymas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: J.Villanueva 18+3reb, S.Monreal 16+4reb+6ast, A.Bell 14+1reb+1ast, M.Perez 13+9reb+8ast, E.Little 10+5reb+5ast, J.Camacho 8+4reb+2ast
Guaymas: R.Woods 22+7reb+3ast, S.Heyward 17+10reb+3ast, B.Provost 17+5reb+2ast, M.Gwynne 13+6reb+1ast, P.Marigney 12+8reb+5ast, E.Gonzalez 4
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Culiacan - Los Mochis 85-82

A very interesting game took place in Culiacan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-12) to ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (6-13) 85-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pioneros Los Mochis. Caballeros de Culiacan made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was forward DuVaughn Maxwell (201-91, college: Hampton) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Cameron Forte (201-93, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Nick Murphy (193-88, college: Jacksonville St.) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 6-13 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 12 games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be again higher ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: C.Forte 22+14reb+5ast, M.Hernandez 17+3reb+1ast, N.Murphy 14+8reb+5ast, J.Early 13+7reb+2ast, T.Motley 12+5reb+2ast, J.Quintero 2+1reb+1ast
Culiacan: D.Maxwell 29+7reb+2ast, G.Glaze 19+4reb+1ast, B.Puckett 17+10reb, R.Rougeau 7+6reb+1ast, W.Flores 4+3reb, S.Sanders 3+2reb+2ast
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Mazatlan lands Shane Edwards - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Nauticos of Mazatlan (CIBACOPA) landed 30-year old American forward Shane Edwards (201-100kg-87, college: UALR). He played recently at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S. In 8 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1bpg this season. Edwards ended the last season at Alaska Aces in Filipino PBA where in 9 games he had very impressive stats: 22.1ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg and 2.1bpg. But the most of that year he spent at BG Goettingen in German BBL. In 16 games he recorded 11.7ppg and 3.9rpg.
Edwards has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He received Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2011.
Edwards is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Edwards has played previously professionally in Australia (Cairns Taipans), Italy (Verona), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Canton Charge).
He attended University of Arkansas at Little Rock until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Roscoe Smith signs at Durango - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted Aguilas Doradas de Durango (CIBACOPA) landed 26-year old American forward Roscoe Smith (206-98kg-91, college: UNLV). He played recently at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S. In 24 games he averaged 10.4ppg and 5.6rpg this season. Smith also played that season for another team D Fenders in D-League where in 18 games he had 10.2ppg and 3.8rpg.
He won NCAA championship title in 2011.
Smith has played also professionally in Greece (Nea Kifisia), Israel (Ironi Nes Ziona) and NBA (LA Lakers).
He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Michael Glover (203-F-87) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Obregon and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 37 points and twenty rebounds, while his team edged out Guaymas (#4, 10-8) 89-88. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Obregon maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Obregon will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. Glover just recently signed at Obregon, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Glover is in league's top in points (9th best: 21.1ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American guard Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84) of Tijuana. Lathan impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Tijuana to another comfortable win 108-95 over the lower-ranked Mazatlan (#6, 8-10) being unquestionably team leader. Tijuana's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Lathan is a newcomer at Tijuana and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. Chowan University alumni Lathan played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of Los Mochis (#7). Motley scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 103-98 win against the lower-ranked Durango (#10, 4-13). The chances of Los Mochis not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Motley could try to bring Los Mochis' a little bit higher in the standings. Motley has a very solid season. In 6 games in Mexico he scored 20.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Provost (190-G-90) of Guaymas - 35 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dominic Cheek (198-G-91) of Tijuana - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cameron Forte (201-F-93) of Los Mochis - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Omar Thomas (196-F-82) of Mazatlan - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Navolato - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists
9. Rene Rougeau (198-F/G-86) of Culiacan - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeff Early (190-G-88) of Los Mochis - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)



Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Mexicans who are currently playing abroad.

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Darussafaka (16-14) 88-81 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Ayon scored 18 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (23-7) is placed first in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ayon averages: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 71.2%(151-212) in 33 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Hector Hernandez
Hector Hernandez
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Hector Hernandez (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Puerto Rico). He led Vaqueros to a victory over the closely-ranked Indios (3-7) crushing them 79-54 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. Hernandez was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Vaqueros this season. His team is placed eighth in the BSN. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ex-Soles de Mexicali player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 96-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Andorra (#8). Cruz scored 10 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Cruz's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 78.6%. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Israel Gutierrez
Israel Gutierrez
   #4. Center Israel Gutierrez (206-93, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Argentino in their game against Estudiantes Concordia (34-16) in the Argentinian LigaA, despite his good performance last Tuesday. Gutierrez was the top scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. But the fourth-placed Argentino (26-25) lost 58-72 in Concordia to the second-ranked Estudiantes in the Sur group. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 4.7rpg in 10 games. He is also Mexican national team player.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #5. International point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Hunter Haifa to win against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (18-11) 79-63 in the Israeli Winner League on Thursday night. Mendez-Valdez recorded 5 points. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (15-13) is placed sixth in the Winner League. Mendez-Valdez's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez plays currently for the Mexican national team. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Edgar Garibay
Edgar Garibay
   #6. Forward Edgar Garibay (208-90, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Guaiqueries (14-10) in their game against Marinos (9-11) in the Venezuelan LPB. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Guaiqueries was defeated 94-87 at home by the lower-ranked Marinos (#4) in the Eastern Conference. It was Guaiqueries' third consecutive loss in a row. Garibay's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Garibay is an international player who is currently on the senior Mexican National Team roster. He used to play for Lechugueros de Leon in Mexican league.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #7. Former University international forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cambados' victory against the 11th-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (13-17) 85-76 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Cheda scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Xuven Cambados (21-9) is placed second in the LEB Silver. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Cheda's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 1.4rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Mexican university national team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Mexican passport but never been selected to any of Mexican national teams:

   #1. Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-PG-93, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a San Lorenzo's victory against the eighth-ranked Penarol (21-32) crushing them 82-53 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Perez Kaufmann scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. San Lorenzo de Almagra (34-15) is placed first in Sur group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Perez Kaufmann has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg.

   #2. Joel Gierbolini (203-F-89, college: USC Aiken, currently plays in Puerto Rico) managed to help Vaqueros de Bayamon in a victory against the closely-ranked Indios (3-7) crushing them 79-54 in the Puerto Rican BSN in Thursday night's game. Gierbolini scored only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (3-7) is placed eighth in the BSN. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Gierbolini's total stats are: 1.4ppg and 2.5rpg in eight games he played so far.

   #3. Jimmy Villalobos (190-F-93, college: Westminster, MO, currently plays in El Salvador) led ExSAL ST to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Ausoles (6-14) crushing them 95-58 in the Salvadorean Liga Superior in Saturday night's game. Villalobos was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Villalobos' third season in pro basketball. ExSAL Santa Tecla (7-15) is placed seventh in the Liga Superior. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Villalobos has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Joseph Soto (190-G-93, currently plays in Puerto Rico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Joel Gierbolini. But that was another game of his team in Puerto Rican BSN which we would like to mention. Soto. He could not help Vaqueros (3-7) to beat Leones (6-4). Soto cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 12 minutes. Vaqueros was edged 91-88 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Leones. Soto has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.1spg in eight games. He has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Puerto Rican.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 


Milko Bjelica selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia). He led Crvena Zvezda to a victory over the league outsider Spartak (0-2) crushing them 89-54 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. Bjelica was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (2-0) is placed first in the KLS. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Bjelica has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 84.6%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 71.4% in two games he played so far. Bjelica has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. He played for the Montenegrin senior national team three years ago.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Spain). Rice was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-10) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 17 points and added 3 passes. FC Barcelona Lassa (19-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rice's first season with the team. Rice has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 31.0%. He is a naturalized American. Rice played for the Montenegrin national team in 2014. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Todorovic contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Enisey (13-11) crushing them 104-64 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. He scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes. BC Khimki Moscow Region (19-5) is placed third in group A. There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Todorovic has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 70.5%(93-132) and FT: 56.2% in 23 games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #4. Power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Valencia Basket's victory against one of league's weakest teams Sevilla (8-20) 90-85 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Dubljevic scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valencia Basket (21-7) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Dubljevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Valencia Basket's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.9apg. Dubljevic is also Montenegrin national team player.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #5. International power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) could not help Stelmet (23-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Stelmet lost 85-90 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) BM Slam Stal. Djurisic was the top scorer with 18 points in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Djurisic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Djurisic's stats this year are: 11.4ppg and 4.8rpg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Nikola Zizic
Nikola Zizic
   #6. Swingman Nikola Zizic (197-94, currently plays in Serbia) helped FMP win their game against the closely-ranked Mega Leks (1-1) crushing them 90-70 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. Zizic recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FMP Beograd (2-0) is placed second in the KLS. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Zizic's overall stats this year are: 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team two years ago.

Mihailo Sekulovic
Mihailo Sekulovic
   #7. Former University international center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91, currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Balkan (14-10) in their last game. Despite Sekulovic's very good performance Balkan was edged 81-79 in Samokov by the higher-ranked (#4) Rilski. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Sekulovic also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Sekulovic has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 9.2rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin university national team two years ago.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #8. Forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon (16-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kanacevic's good performance Bnei Hasharon was defeated 79-71 in Eilat by the leading Hapoel. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Kanacevic also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kanacevic's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.7apg. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team back in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #9. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) helped Mega Leks edge the closely-ranked Borac (1-1) 77-75 in the Serbian KLS last Wednesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Mega Leks (1-1) is placed fourth in the KLS. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Spasojevic's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 2.5rpg in two games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #10. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nemanja Djurisic and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Dragicevic couldn't help Stelmet (23-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Stelmet was defeated 90-85 in Ostrow Wlkp. by the lower-ranked BM Slam Stal (#3). Dragicevic scored 10 points. Dragicevic averaged so far 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international guard Amin Hott (192-92, currently plays in Bulgaria) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mihailo Sekulovic. But that was another game of his team in Bulgarian NBL which we would like to mention. Hott helped Balkan win their game against the closely-ranked Beroe 79-64. He scored 11 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 37 minutes. Hott averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.6apg and 1.6spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the 12th-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk 81-72 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Rochestie scored 8 points and added 4 passes. Rochestie averaged so far 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

   #13. Former international shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (192-85, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Spartak in their game against Dynamic BG in the Serbian KLS, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Jelenic scored 13 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 92-75. Jelenic averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in six games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (187-87, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures in their game against CSU Sibiu in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Martinic was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added made 3 passes and 3 steals. This season Martinic has very high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.1apg and 2.1spg. Martinic used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team back in 2007.

   #15. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Betaland Cdo in their game against Scandone AV in the Italian Serie A, despite his good performance last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 33 minutes. But his team lost 68-76. Ivanovic averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.8apg in 13 games. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

The list of other players, who all have Montenegrin passport but never been selected to any of Montenegrin national teams:

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Chicago Bulls (41-41) in their last game. Despite Mirotic's good performance the Chicago Bulls (41-41) lost 95-104 on the road to the Boston Celtics. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Mirotic also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Mirotic averaged so far 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in 75 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) led Un.Olimpija to a 1-point victory against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog (4-5) 88-87 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Milosevic scored 14 points and blocked 4 blocks. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (4-5) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Milosevic's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in a Terme Olimia's victory against the fifth-ranked LTH Castings (5-14) crushing them 82-52 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Julevic scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. Terme Olimia Podcetrtek (10-9) is placed fourth in Places 7-12 group. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Julevic averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg in 31 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Slovenian. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #4. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) managed to help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket to win against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (7-22) 85-77 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. Dragovic scored 5 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (15-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. Dragovic's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Serbian and Montenegrin nationalities.

   #5. Experienced Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to a 2-point victory against the leader Targu Mures (12-12) 89-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Thursday. Lalovic scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (18-10) is placed second. Lalovic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg.

   #6. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85, agency: HMS, college: Purdue, currently plays in Switzerland) led Boncourt to a victory over the fourth-ranked Massagno 90-75 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Calasan recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Calasan averaged so far 13.4ppg, 12.5rpg and 2.0apg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #7. Vladimir Tomasevic (201-F-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gandia (8-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Tomasevic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Gandia was crushed 82-59 in Amorebieta-Echano by the much higher-ranked Zornotza (#6). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Tomasevic also added 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Tomasevic averaged so far 10.7ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #8. Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Nikola Dragovic in the French ProA last game. Rush was not able to secure a victory for Sluc Nancy in their game against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. He scored 5 points. His team was defeated 85-77. Rush has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.9apg. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #9. Mikaile Tmusic (188-G-93, currently plays in Kosovo) contributed to Bashkimi's victory against the closely-ranked Peja 92-81 in the Kosovan SuperLeague on Wednesday night. Tmusic recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 14 minutes. This year Tmusic's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He has Montenegrin and Kosovan nationalities.

   #10. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (13-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite Rakocevic's good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 79-71 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Burgos (#10). He scored 10 points and added 4 assists. This season Rakocevic has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg.



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.3 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.28.5 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. Lillard, Portland.27.1 
 7. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.7 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Curry, Golden S.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.5 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Harden, Houston R.10.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.9.1 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.7 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.0 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-PG-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.2 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.6 


John Wall and Wizards turn back Hawks, 115-99, move on to Eastern Conference semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) ended his night early, walking off the court with the clock stopped late in the final quarter. He deserved the proper ovation for a road villain - hard handshakes from teammates and scattered boos from a salty crowd - after closing out the Atlanta Hawks. As the Wizards defeated Atlanta, 115-99, in Game 6 of a first-round playoff series and advance to meet the top-seeded Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Wall stamped this elimination game with a performance suited for franchise lore. In the final quarter, as the Wizards nearly lost a huge lead, Wall outscored the Hawks by two, pouring in 19 of his game-high 42 points. The performance earned Wall and his team a date with Boston, where the best-of-seven series starts Sunday at 1 p.m. Wall's output ranks as the third-highest total by a Wizards or Bullets player in the postseason - but it was a defensive play that defined Wall's night. The Wizards went ahead 68-46 early in the second half, but that lead turned to rubble. With less than nine minutes to play, the Hawks trailed just 93-90 and point guard Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) thought he had a clear path to the rim to pull even closer. That's when Wall chased down Schroder, erasing his fast-break layup with a block. He then drove and finished at the other end to push the lead to 95-90. 'It's really not fair - a point guard being able to do what he does. It's only one player in the league who does that, and we all know who that is,' Coach Scott Brooks said, referring to LeBron James. 'But he does it every game. That's a sign of a champion. You chase down plays. You stay in plays.' It wasn't just Wall. The Wizards collected 16 steals - Kelly Oubre (6'7''-G/F-95, college: Kansas) Jr. performed as a defensive bugaboo with five - and blocked seven shots. 'We needed that energy on defense,' Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) said. 'Those extra effort plays. 'We were flying around. It was all about our defense tonight. We had great, great baskets down the stretch. We made some tough baskets, but we couldn't have been in that situation without getting those stops.' Every time the Hawks worked back into the game, with the Philips Arena crowd chanting and screaming throughout the final 12 minutes, the Wizards responded to that desperation with their own road resolve. When the Hawks again pulled within a field goal with 5:32 remaining, Wall found Beal cutting around a screen on the next possession, and Beal's 16-foot jump shot was pure, just as it was much of the night. Beal made 11 of 17 shots for 31 points, his third 30-plus game of the playoffs. In the opening minutes, Wall didn't need to chase down an errant outlet pass by the Hawks, but that hustle and save led to Beal's three-pointer in transition. In the first half, the Wizards outscored the Hawks on the fast break 24-4. Jason Smith also showed the necessary grit and toughness just by being active. On Friday morning, Smith's left calf strain was considered so serious that Brooks felt he might have to keep his backup center on the sideline. But when starter Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) picked up two fouls in the opening 4 minutes, Smith got up from his seat and unfastened his warmups. The grit was tested again in the closing seconds of the quarter, when Beal stood up for himself and the Wizards showed that they would not back down from this fight. After a steal by Oubre, Beal raced in for a breakaway dunk. As he landed, Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89, college: ODU) subtly pushed his side, and the contact sent Beal sliding into fans seated along the baseline. Beal popped up, his ire directed at official Bill Spooner, and he bumped into Bazemore's chest as several teammates rushed in and showed their displeasure. There was only a shove here and there - and a very angry Smith gesturing toward Bazemore - but the anger abated. It was an unusually fiery moment in a series that, beyond the talk of 'double MMA' and a few GIFs of Wall dunking over or staring down Schroder, had lacked sizzle, overshadowed by fouls and missed jump shots. Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas), averaging nearly five fouls in the series entering Friday, had spent too much time on the bench after reaching, hacking and fouling his matchup, Paul Millsap. And through five games, the Wizards had struggled to find any offensive rhythm, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. On Friday night, Morris managed to get through the first half without committing a foul and subsequently had his best night since Game 1. Morris started the game with a turnaround baseline jumper, then air-balled his next attempt. But after the gaffe, Morris transformed into a floor-spacing forward by knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the opening quarter and finishing with 17 points. After 40 minutes, Morris had just two fouls. Once Morris figured out how to remain on the court - his presence allowed the Wizards to keep their best unit intact - the glossy veneer returned to Washington's offense. The Wizards saw some of the same shots they couldn't make in previous games. On Friday night, those shots fell - the Wizards shot 65.8 percent from the field in the first half en route to a searing 65 points. The offense again looked inspired, and late in the half Brooks was so fired up after watching Beal work over Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. and cap a possession with a 23-foot jumper that Brooks slapped his shooting guard on his rear as he ran back on defense. By halftime, the Wizards' defense also deserved a hand - the team had forced 11 steals, the most since the Philadelphia 76ers collected 14 during the first half of a playoff game May 13, 1999. Even so, the defensive effort could not last. In the third quarter, the Hawks cut into the 22-point deficit and scored 36 points. Then three minutes into the final frame, a defensive scramble allowed Hawks guard Jose Calderon to shoot an open corner three - and Atlanta trailed just 93-90. The Hawks had asked one final question. Wall and the Wizards had the answer. 'It's the same thing they did to us two years ago,' Wall said, recalling the 2015 playoff series against the Hawks. 'We had a chance to win Game 5 here; we lost it. In Game 6, they beat us in our home, and all we could do is have sad faces and go back home. So we came in with that determination and focus that we wanted to do the same thing them guys did to us two years ago, and me and Brad led the way. ... We didn't want to have a Game 7.'
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Celtics Destroy Bulls 105-83, Overcome 2-0 Deficit to Win Series - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics completed their first-round playoff comeback against the Chicago Bulls on Friday with a commanding 105-83 victory in Game 6 at the United Center to win the series, 4-2. Boston dropped the first two games of the series but won four straight after Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) suffered a fractured right thumb. All five Celtics starters scored in double figures, and Avery Bradley (6'2''-PG-90, college: Texas) led the balanced effort with 23 points. Jimmy Butler (6'7''-G/F-89, college: Marquette) posted 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals on the other side, but it wasn't enough for the Bulls to stave off elimination. Boston could do little wrong on the offensive side and turned Friday's contest into a blowout with its onslaught from the outside. The Celtics drilled 16 three-pointers and shot 48.8 percent from the field, torching Chicago's defense throughout. Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) couldn't find the touch from deep (1-of-7), but he sliced through Bulls defenders at will, which created many of the open triples for his teammates. Chicago didn't exactly counter from long range on the other side at 4-of-19 (21.1 percent). In a similar pattern to other wins, the Celtics wasted little time seizing control of the game with 30 points in the first quarter. The Celtics never looked back and sapped Chicago's will with a 34-18 third quarter. The Celtics are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and have larger aspirations than just a first-round win against an overmatched opponent, and they showed flashes of dominance Friday. If they can replicate that in the second round and beyond, they may be a serious threat to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com




Magic interested in Larry Bird, Kevin McHale for team president - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic are looking for new leadership, and they are reportedly considering two former Boston Celtics legends. Shortly after reporting that Larry Bird was leaving the Indiana Pacers on Friday, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Magic are interested in him.
USA Today's Sam Amick then reported that Orlando has "serious interest" in Kevin McHale , who has been working as an analyst for TNT after being fired as the coach of the Houston Rockets early in the 2015-16 season. Kevin McHale , of course, has previous experience in the front office, having spent 13 years as the Minnesota Timberwolves vice president. USA Today also reported that Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is the "frontrunner" for the position, given that he does not have a contract beyond this season.
Griffin's candidacy appears to be playing a part in the methodical pace of the search, as he is not likely to speak with the Magic until the Cavaliers' title pursuits are over - if at all. While the Magic have hired a search firm to help with the process, they have not yet spoken to candidates. What's more, with Magic owner Rich DeVos and CEO Alex Martins leading the way in this process, it remains possible that interim general manager Matt Lloyd could be retained on a more permanent basis in that position. It's unclear whether or not the Magic will be able to lure Griffin away from LeBron James and the Cavaliers, but it sounds like they aren't in a rush to hire anybody. Orlando fired general manager Rob Hennigan just about as soon as the regular season ended.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Erik Spoelstra Has Interest In Running Heat Front Office Someday - by Eurobasket News

Erik Spoelstra has interest in running the Miami Heat when Pat Riley retires. Spoelstra was asked about it during an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski. "Short answer would be, I'm a Pat Riley disciple, and, like I've said, he's always pushed me and nurtured me for the next steps," Spoelstra said during the interview recorded in Southern California. "So, yes, that I'd love to have that opportunity years down the line from the Arison family, because I believe in them so much as human beings. They're such good people and family oriented." Spoelstra said he is comfortable in his current role Under Micky Arison and Nick Arison. Spoelstra already has a seat in all organizational meetings with Riley and Andy Elisburg. "Pat, he's going to go on, hopefully for a while," Spoelstra said. "I think he's younger now than he was when he was coaching. And he's such a visionary. The way things are set up right now, look, I want this to be the set-up that it is right now. "I feel involved. Every meeting that's important, that deals with the organization and personnel, it's usually just four of us that get in a room, Pat, Nick, Andy and myself. And if it really gets to a level, then Micky will. I couldn't ask for anything more. I don't feel like I need more right now." Riley signed a five-year extension with the Heat a year ago.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Zhou Qi Hoping To Sign With Rockets For 2017/18 - by Eurobasket News

One of the Rockets' second-round picks from 2016, Chinese big man Qi Zhou (7'2''-C-96), is in Houston to train with the team and hopes to initiate contract talks for the 2017/18 season, agent Tony Leng suggests to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. 'We will be training with the Rockets,' Leng said. 'We are looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA. Right now, we are focused on training.' Zhou, the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, reportedly remains under contract with China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers for another four years beyond this season. However, he is said to have an NBA out clause worth $650K this year, opening the door for him to come stateside. Zhou, a 7'2 center, is still just 21 years old, so it remains to be seen if the Rockets will want to bring him over for the 2017/18 season, since he's not likely to play a meaningful role in Houston quite yet. The Rockets' decision may hinge on whether they want to take on Zhou's developmental years themselves or wait until he becomes more of a finished product. The league's new two-way contracts, which essentially allow NBA teams to open up an extra pair of roster spots, could create some added flexibility for the Rockets should they decide to sign Zhou. For now, Zhou remains focused on working with the Rockets' training staff and rehabbing a thumb injury. The big man suffered a left thumb fracture when he collided with Guangdong's Carlos Boozer during the Chinese Basketball Association Finals earlier this month, Feigen writes. Zhou averaged 16.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 2.3 BPG for the season in China.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Larry Bird Stepping Down As Pacers President - by Eurobasket News

Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird is stepping down from his current role with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. According to Wojnarowski, Indiana general manager Kevin Pritchard will assume control of the basketball operations department. While Bird will no longer be the Pacers' president, he's expected to continue to work with Pritchard and the front office as a consultant to the franchise, per Wojnarowski. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as there had been little indication that Bird was considering leaving the Pacers. However, on the heels of a disappointing 2016/17 campaign and a quick playoff exit, changes of some sort were expected in Indiana. The front office shakeup could significantly change the outlook for the Pacers going forward as the team begins a crucial offseason. For one, Pritchard was believed to be drawing some interest from the Magic as a potential replacement in Orlando's front office for Rob Hennigan. Given his increasing role in Indiana, Pritchard now appears unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon. As for Bird, Wojnarowski tweets that the Magic's search firm has been asking around about him as a possible candidate for team president, but the Hall-of-Famer plans to stick to consulting for the time being. Bird's departure may also have an impact on Paul George's future in Indiana. Reports around the trade deadline - and before that - suggested that the team president was strongly in favor of retaining George and doing everything he could to lock up the star forward to a long-term deal with the Pacers. It's not yet clear if Bird's resignation makes an offseason trade of George more likely, but that will be a very interesting situation to monitor moving forward. Bird had been the Pacers' president of basketball operations since 2003, with the exception of the 2012/13 season, which he took off for health-related reasons. The team made it to the postseason nine times during that stretch, including three Eastern Conference Finals appearances. Bird also won the NBA's Executive of the Year award in 2012.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com




Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89 - by Eurobasket News

The crowd on the road was rowdy. The 25-point lead was gone. The Toronto Raptors were frazzled, in danger of losing a Game 6 in the playoffs again. This time, Toronto found a way to win. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 32 points, Cory Joseph had five points in a 9-0 run in the final 2 minutes to answer a furious rally by the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Raptors held on for a 92-89 victory Thursday night to take their first-round playoff series in six games. The Raptors move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, a series that starts Monday. "We lost our composure a little bit," coach Dwayne Casey said. "Again, we found a way to (hold on). That's what good teams do." Toronto snapped a five-game losing streak in Game 6s, earning a couple extra days off to rest for the Cavaliers. The Raptors also need to work on finishing off opponents in the second half. Joseph's 3 with 1:27 left put Toronto up for good, 85-82. Two foul shots from Joseph with 33.9 seconds extended the lead to seven. The Raptors could finally breathe easy after DeRozan went 2 of 2 from the foul line with 3.1 seconds to play for a three-point lead. Tony Snell's inbounds pass on the ensuing possession was intercepted by DeRozan. "We stayed calm. We knew they weren't going to give up," DeRozan said. Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona)'s 3 with 3:06 left had given the Bucks an 80-78 lead, completing an unlikely comeback from the 25-point deficit with 5:16 left in the third quarter. The Raptors looked as if they were on cruise control after DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, college: Missouri)'s 3 gave them the 71-46 advantage. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe) spearheaded the second-half rally for Milwaukee. He had 34 points. But the Bucks finished one comeback short. A 9-of-18 showing from the foul line in the fourth quarter hurt, too. "We always talk about the little things, and when we look at this it comes down to just free throws," coach Jason Kidd said. "We don't need to overanalyze it. We got to the stripe and we just couldn't capitalize on that." Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points for the Bucks after missing practice time this week because of illness.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Spurs advance: San Antonio beats Grizzlies 103-96 in Game 6 - by Eurobasket News

Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 Thursday night to take the series 4-2. The Spurs now have beaten Memphis four of the five playoff series between these teams, and this was San Antonio's second straight win over the Grizzlies in the first round. Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82) added 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Patty Mills had 10 points off the bench for the Spurs. San Antonio outrebounded Memphis 46-28, with 16 of those offensive boards. That led to 17 second-chance points. Their semifinal with Houston will start Monday night in San Antonio. Mike Conley scored 26 points, leading the five Memphis starters in double digits. Marc Gasol (7'1''-C-85) added 18, Zach Randolph 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vince Carter had 12 points. The Grizzlies fell to 3-10 in elimination games, losing six straight. This was a taut game with 16 ties and nine lead changes, especially with four ties in the fourth quarter. The Spurs took control after the Grizzlies went up 88-81 on three free throws from Conley with 6:29 left. Then Leonard scored eight straight for San Antonio, starting a 22-8 run to finish the game. Even with Conley and Gasol a combined 2 of 10 in the first quarter, the Grizzlies trailed only 24-22 after Conley knocked down a 3 at the end of the quarter for his first bucket of the game. Conley hit another 3 for the final shot in the second quarter, putting Memphis up 50-45. The team that led at halftime won each of the first five games. Parker hit his first six shots before finally missing his seventh with 29 seconds left in the first half. The Grizzlies took their biggest lead at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by James Ennis (6'7''-F/G-90, college: Long Beach St.) III. That gave Memphis as many made 3s (9 of 17) as the Spurs had attempted (3 of 9) at that point. Randolph's layup with 7:19 left matched that 10-point lead at 63-53. Then the Spurs went on a 13-3 run over a 4-minute span to erase that lead on Aldridge's three-point play at 67-66. Aldridge finished with nine points in helping the Spurs lead 75-74 at the end of the quarter.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin - by Eurobasket News

Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) will be a free agent for the first time this offseason and the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign him. The Clippers will also contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury. "Griffin is still a significant part of the Clippers' future. Management remains committed to signing him to a long-term deal this summer, league sources tell me," said Adrian Wojnarowski in a video essay. "In a lot of ways, Griffin has been most loyal to the Clippers' brand. He has never had wanderlust, never floated ideas about leaving town. Truth be told, he's accommodated Paul in every way. Broadened his own game, grown as a leader and taken a lot of unfair finger pointing and blame once the All-Star point guard became the face of the franchise." Wojnarowski also said "it's hard to imagine a split with Griffin."
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Northwestern State 2017/18 roster gets more dynamic with addition of DeAndre Love - by Eurobasket News

After averaging 20 points, eight rebounds and making 51 percent of his 3-pointers at Eastern Arizona College last season, first-team all-region wing player Deandre Love (6'4''-G) has signed to play his final two seasons of college basketball for Northwestern State. Veteran Demons' coach Mike McConathy announced Love's addition on Wednesday. The 6-4, 190-pounder also drained 80 percent of his free throws for the EAC Gila Monsters while earning first-team All-Region 1 and first-team all-conference accolades. "DeAndre will add value in so many ways to our program: on campus, in our community, and on the basketball court," said McConathy, preparing for his 19th season at NSU as the winningest coach in Louisiana college basketball history. "DeAndre has spent the last couple of seasons in a great junior college program playing for Coach Maurice Leitzke. Our styles of play match which will make for an easy transition between programs." Love, a product of West Seattle (Wash.) High School where he played for coach Keffrey Fazio, made immediate impact in junior college. The son of Shemetta Younger helped the 2015-16 Gila Monsters to a 23-9 record and the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 1 championship game. "The addition of DeAndre to our team increases our athleticism," said McConathy. "He is great in the open court, a lefty with the ability to score at all three levels - driving to the rim, from mid-range, and from behind the arc. He is a playmaker that plays at a fast pace. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions in our defensive schemes." Love joins a big recruiting class that began forming last fall during the early signing period, when NSU added three players to its 2017-18 roster: 6-8, 265-pound post player Larry Owens of Monroe-Carroll, guard C.J. Jones of Monroe-Wossman, and swingman Caleb Starks from Lafayette Christian. This spring, the Demons have brought two more prep standouts on board, California swingman Vontay Ott and Maryland's Darian Dixon. McConathy likes the blend of talent between the newcomers and his returning letterwinners from a squad that won its last three games, including a victory over NCAA Tournament entry New Orleans and ending Stephen F. Austin's five-year, 45-game homecourt Southland Conference win streak. "We look forward to DeAndre having an impact from day one in our program. He has been well prepared in high school and junior college to compete and succeed at a high level," said McConathy. "He meets a specific need in our program that complements our returners as well as the rest of our 2017 recruiting class." The Demon basketball program has graduated nearly 90 percent of its seniors in McConathy's tenure while ranking among the best performing men's teams in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate reports in five years, including 2015-16. NSU has made seven Southland Conference Tournament championship game appearances, winning in 2001, 2006 and 2013 to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Demons have won a pair of NCAA Tournament contests, including a 2006 victory over 15th-ranked Iowa. NSU has ranked among the top scoring teams in NCAA Division I three times in the last four years, leading the country at 84 points per game in 2014-15.
Courtesy of: nsudemons.com



Chris Holtmann, Butler Agree to Contract Extension Through 2025 Season - by Eurobasket News

he Butler Bulldogs and head basketball coach Chris Holtmann agreed to terms Friday on a contract extension that will carry his current deal through 2025, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and the Indianapolis Star's David Woods. Holtmann was promoted from interim to full-time head coach in January 2015 after Brandon Miller-who initially replaced Brad Stevens-took a medical leave of absence from the program. Holtmann has led the Bulldogs to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and three seasons of at least 22 wins. This past season, the Bulldogs went 25-9, including 12-6 in conference play en route to a second-place finish in the Big East. They advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament thanks to a pair of wins over No. 13 seed Winthrop and No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee. However, Butler was bounced by the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels in a 92-80 Sweet 16 loss. The Bulldogs finished the season ranked 25th overall in KenPom.com's rankings with an adjusted offensive efficiency that clocked in at No. 20 ahead of notable programs like Florida, Baylor, West Virginia and Purdue.
Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com



Michigan grad transfer Mark Donnal is heading to Clemson - by Eurobasket News

Michigan graduate transfer Mark Donnal (6'9''-F-95) is heading south to the ACC. Donnal, a 6-foot-9 center, will transfer to Clemson for the 2017-18 season. He confirmed the move in a text message to MLive on Friday. Donnal played 101 career games at Michigan, averaging 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. In the grad transfer process, Donnal also visited Creighton and Vanderbilt as possible destinations. The last time he spoke to reporters, prior to Michigan's basketball's annual awards banquet on April 12, he was looking for a program that fits his playing style and can offer available minutes. "A place that fits the way I play offensively, that spreads the floor a little bit and allows their five the freedom to step out and shoot," Donnal said. He added that he wanted to go "somewhere where I can start and see significant minutes right away and start, possibly. That's a big thing for me." Donnal will have one season of eligibility as a graduate transfer. "I kind of see it as another fresh start," he said. "To be able to come into another program and try to prove yourself to another team, it's exciting. It is kind of weird to start the recruiting process over again, but it comes with college basketball sometimes. I'm excited for next year." Clemson is coached by Brad Brownell, who current Michigan assistant Billy Donlon worked under from 2001-10 as an assistant at UNC Wilmington and Wright State. The Tigers finished 17-16 last season, including a 6-12 mark in the ACC, and lost in the first round of the NIT. Donnal's move to Clemson was first reported Friday by WTOL-11 in Toledo.
Courtesy of: mlive.com



UMBC lands Providence transfer Ricky Council II - by Eurobasket News

Former Providence Friars sophomore guard Ricky Council II (6'5''-G-95) II has committed to UMBC, a source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports. While transferring away from Providence after just two seasons, the up-and-coming guard will now be forced to sit out for the upcoming 2017-2018 season, per NCAA regulations. However, Council will still retain two years of collegiate eligibility upon stepping foot on the UMBC campus. During his two seasons as a member of the Friars men's basketball team, Council barely saw the court for head coach Ed Cooley. While averaging exctly 3.3 minutes per game in each of his go-rounds at Providence, he averaged a mere 0.5 points per outing as a sophomore in 2016-2017. He first averaged an even one point per game as a freshman back in 2015-2016. It is also worth noting that Council is a native of Durham, N.C. and stands at 6-5 while weighing 200 pounds. Last season, the Retrievers posted a 21-13 overall record while playing in the American East Conference. Finishing in fifth place in the conference standings, UMBC also notched a nearly even 9-7 record in American East play.
Courtesy of: fanragsports.com



ORU hires Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Oral Roberts University announced the hiring of Baylor assistant Paul Mills as the next Golden Eagle head basketball coach in a press release Thursday afternoon. After 18 seasons, 328 victories, five Summit League titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances, Scott Sutton was fired by ORU President Billy Wilson on April 10. From a list of about 50 coaches who expressed interest in the position, athletic director Mike Carter is believed to have interviewed five finalists: Mills, current Golden Eagle interim coach Rodney Perry, Iowa State assistant Daniyal Robinson, Baylor assistant Jerome Tang and North Dakota State assistant Kyan Brown. Mills has been a member of Scott Drew's Baylor staff since 2003. Last month, the Drew-coached Baylor program made its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. A Houston native, Mills played high school basketball at Houston MacArthur and signed to play at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, but his college career was shortened by a back injury sustained during his freshman season. Mills then transferred to Texas A&M, from which he graduated in 1996 with a degree in finance. Before working at Baylor, Mills was a head coach at two Houston-area private high schools: North Belt Christian and Fort Bend Baptist Academy. According to the school's 2014 990 form, Sutton was being paid almost $435,000 per year. ORU is a private school and not obligated to release the details of its employee contracts, but it is believed that the university entered the search process with a preference of not paying a new coach more than $250,000 a year. A source said ORU may not go beyond three years on a contract. The NCAA Division I standard for head-coaching contracts is a five-year deal.
Courtesy of: tulsaworld.com



Farokhmanesh headed to Drake as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Nebraska basketball staffer Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Missouri Valley Conference. Thursday reports of Nebraska's director of player relations and development heading to Drake became reality Friday, as the Huskers made Farokhmanesh's hiring as an assistant coach official with a news release. Farokhmanesh will be the third assistant on Niko Medved 's new staff at Drake, joining Dave Thorson and JR Blount. It will be the former Northern Iowa star's first on-the-court coaching job. Medved, a former assistant to Tim Miles at Colorado State, was hired by Drake May 26 after a four-year stint at Furman. "It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the University of Nebraska to accept an assistant coaching position at Drake University,' Farokhmanesh said in a news release. "I want to thank Coach Miles for the incredible opportunity to be a part of Husker basketball. It has been an honor to work with Shawn Eichorst and Marc Boehm, who have allowed me to be a part of a very special university and athletic department. I will always be grateful for the experience of working with Coach Miles and his staff. Under their leadership and trust, I have grown as a person and as a coach. I have had a remarkable three years at Nebraska with some very special student-athletes, and I will cherish those relationships. This program will go on to do great things." Farokhmanesh recently completed his third season on the Husker staff, first joining the Huskers in 2014 as a graduate manager before being promoted to his latest role prior to the 2016-17 season. According to his bio, Farokhmanesh played a major role in creating and implementing a mentoring program, as well as coordinating community outreach with Nebraska's Life Skills staff. He also assisted with recruiting, including on-campus hosting duties. Farokhmanesh, of course, is a legend in The Valley and the state of Iowa after helping lead Northern Iowa to a 30-5 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 in 2010. His three-pointer against Kansas with 34 seconds to go that sealed the Panthers' 69-67 upset landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated and cemented his place as a March Madness legend.
Courtesy of: journalstar.com



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Division II East Region Recap - by Joan Sanchez

The regional basketball season came to an abrupt end in the national quarterfinals. Here's the final recap:

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 79 ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 70

Justin Pitts scored 26 points in 40 minutes of action and #1 Northwest Missouri State held on to beat St. Thomas Aquinas at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD. The Spartans - playing in their first-ever Elite-8 - led only once all night (18-16 just past the midway mark of the first half) but hung around all night, trailing between two and 10 points the entirety of the second period. The Bearcats matched their largest lead at 61-51 with five-and-a-half minutes to play when Justin Reyes put his team on his back, scoring a lay-up and 3-pointer in succession to slice the deficit in half (61-56) with 4:39 left (he garnered 15 of his game-high 28 points in the final 8:07 and added four blocks for the game). The junior forward brought Aquinas within 67-63 with a pair of free throws at the 1:37 mark, but Brett Dougherty (14 points) scored on a press-break lay-up five seconds later, and the Bearcats - the only Elite-8 team to have played at the Pentagon - converted 8-of-10 at the stripe over the final 70 seconds, with a Pitts lay-up thrown in, to hold the Spartans at arm's length. Aaron Cust added 14 points for STAC, which shot better from the floor (50%-45%) but was whistled for nearly twice as many fouls (26-14) and was outworked on the glass (38-25) in seeing its nine-game win streak go by the boards.

HISTORICAL IMPACT
Despite a historic season for STAC, the result assures that the East Region (formerly known as the Northeast and New England) has now gone 29 straight seasons without a national championship - the longest drought among the eight regions of Division II - dating back to Lowell's 1988 title. And it's now been 12 years since a regional club has played in the national championship game - namely Bryant (like Mass-Lowell, a Division I team these days), which lost to Virginia Union in North Dakota at the 2005 Elite-8.

Courtesy: d2easthoops



Division II East Region Regap. - by Joan Sanchez

The regional basketball season came to an abrupt end in the national quarterfinals. Here's the final recap:

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE 79 ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 70

Justin Pitts scored 26 points in 40 minutes of action and #1 Northwest Missouri State held on to beat St. Thomas Aquinas at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD. The Spartans - playing in their first-ever Elite-8 - led only once all night (18-16 just past the midway mark of the first half) but hung around all night, trailing between two and 10 points the entirety of the second period. The Bearcats matched their largest lead at 61-51 with five-and-a-half minutes to play when Justin Reyes put his team on his back, scoring a lay-up and 3-pointer in succession to slice the deficit in half (61-56) with 4:39 left (he garnered 15 of his game-high 28 points in the final 8:07 and added four blocks for the game). The junior forward brought Aquinas within 67-63 with a pair of free throws at the 1:37 mark, but Brett Dougherty (14 points) scored on a press-break lay-up five seconds later, and the Bearcats - the only Elite-8 team to have played at the Pentagon - converted 8-of-10 at the stripe over the final 70 seconds, with a Pitts lay-up thrown in, to hold the Spartans at arm's length. Aaron Cust added 14 points for STAC, which shot better from the floor (50%-45%) but was whistled for nearly twice as many fouls (26-14) and was outworked on the glass (38-25) in seeing its nine-game win streak go by the boards.

HISTORICAL IMPACT
Despite a historic season for STAC, the result assures that the East Region (formerly known as the Northeast and New England) has now gone 29 straight seasons without a national championship - the longest drought among the eight regions of Division II - dating back to Lowell's 1988 title. And it's now been 12 years since a regional club has played in the national championship game - namely Bryant (like Mass-Lowell, a Division I team these days), which lost to Virginia Union in North Dakota at the 2005 Elite-8.

Courtesy: d2easthoops



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcel JONES
  Canterbury
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Jones, Canterbury25.9 
 2. McCarron, SC Ra.24.4 
 3. Webster, Wellingt.24.1 
 4. Kendle, Canterbury21.6 
 5. Ongwae, Taranaki.19.6 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers17.4 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.17.2 
 8. Adnam, Nelson G.16.9 
 9. Te-Rangi, Southlan.16.6 
 10. Ili, Wellington S.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel GOMIS
  Taranaki MA
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gomis, Taranaki MA10.6 
 2. Jones, Canterbury10.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.7 
 4. Egwu, SC Rangers8.4 
 5. Wesley, Wellington S.8.3 
 6. Kay, Southland S.8.2 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.7.5 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.7.4 
 9. Bailey-N., Taranaki.7.4 
 10. Duinker, Wellingt.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrod KENNY
  Taylor H.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kenny, Taylor H.8.8 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.8.2 
 3. Kendle, Canterbury6.6 
 4. Norton, Southlan.5.7 
 5. Bartlett, Taylor H.5.3 
 6. Tait, SC Rangers5.1 
 7. McCarron, SC Ra.5.0 
 8. ORiley, Taranaki.4.7 
 9. Adnam, Nelson G.4.7 
 10. Webster, Wellingt.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mitchell MCCARRON
  SC Ra.
  (191-G-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. McCarron, SC Ra.2.3 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.1 
 3. Boucher, SC Rangers2.0 
 4. Ongwae, Taranaki.1.8 
 5. Tait, SC Rangers1.7 
 6. ORiley, Taranaki.1.6 
 7. Kenny, Taylor H.1.5 
 8. Kendle, Canterbury1.5 
 9. Webster, Wellingt.1.4 
 10. Bartlett, Taylor H.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Southlan.
  (215-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Pledger, Southlan.1.7 
 2. Gomis, Taranaki MA1.6 
 3. Egwu, SC Rangers1.4 
 4. Grim, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Washington, Nelson G.0.9 
 6. Neighbour, Cante.0.9 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.0.9 
 8. Kay, Southland S.0.8 
 9. Boucher, SC Rangers0.8 
 10. Anthony, Wellingt.0.7 


Curtis Washington agreed terms with Mountain Airs - by Eurobasket News

Taranaki Mountainairs (NBL) inked 26-year old American forward Curtis Washington (208-109kg-91, college: Georgia State) from Mike Pero Nelson Giants. In 10 NBL games in New Zealand he recorded 9.3ppg and 4.2rpg this season. This season Washington played at Al Fateh (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
He won UBA championship title in 2015.
Washington is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Washington has played previously professionally in Argentina (Instituto), Canada (London Lightning), Dominican Republic (San Carlos), UBA (GIE Maile Matrix) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
He attended Georgia State until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing New Zealand players, who play currently abroad.

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-35) lost 109-113 on the road to the Houston Rockets. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Adams also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. It's Adams' fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 11.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(392-680) and FT: 60.1% in 85 games he played so far. He played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain). Karena led Sammic ISB to a victory over the tenth-ranked Alcazar (14-16) 72-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Karena scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (23-7) is placed first in the LEB Silver. The Regular Season already ended. Karena has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(180-320) and FT: 75.0%. Ex-Canterbury Rams player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dyson King-Hawea (200-92, currently plays in Australia). He contributed to Spectres' victory against the second-ranked Bendigo Braves (1-2) 90-79 in the Australian State League (second division) on Sunday night. King-Hawea scored 10 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SEABL-East. Nunawading Spectres (3-2) are placed first. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year King-Hawea's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(10-17), 3FGP: 26.7% in five games. He played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

James Paringatai
James Paringatai
   #4. Forward James Paringatai (201-86, currently plays in Australia) contributed to Buccaneers' victory against the 12th-ranked Flames (2-5) 85-79 in the Australian State League (second division) in Sunday night's game. Paringatai scored 8 points. Geraldton Buccaneers (6-1) are placed first in SBL group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Paringatai's total stats this year are: 3.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2013.

Mitchell Newton
Mitchell Newton
   #5. Former international forward Mitchell Newton (200-95, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 1-point Bandits' victory against the third-ranked Geelong Supercats (2-3) 98-97 in the Australian State League (second division) on Friday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group SEABL-East. Albury Wodonga Bandits (2-2) are placed second. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This season Newton has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

   #6. Power forward Dennis Tawhiti (198-90, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Suns (3-7) 107-90 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game. Tawhiti scored 9 points and added 3 passes in 27 minutes. East Perth Eagles (4-12) are placed in SBL group. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Tawhiti has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in eight games. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team four years ago.

The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Thomas Giles (180-G-88, currently plays in Australia). Giles could not help Norths Soul Sports Bears (3-0) to beat Sydney City Comets (5-1). He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. The third-placed Norths Soul Sports Bears (3-0) were crushed 95-71 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Sydney City Comets in the WARATAH group. It's Giles' first season with the team. This year Giles' total stats are: 2.2ppg and 1.3apg in six games he played so far.

   #2. Zeb Lovell (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Eastern Mavericks in their game against Forestville Eagles (4-0) in the Australian State League (second division). Lovell scored 6 points. The fourth-placed Eastern Mavericks (3-1) were crushed 114-70 in Goodwood by the leading Forestville Eagles in the Premier League. It was Eastern Mavericks' first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Lovell's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 6.3ppg and 1.3apg.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Aron Baynes (208-C-86) plays for Detroit Pistons in the NBA
Isaac Fotu (203-F-93) plays for Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Samuel Waardenburg (207-PF-99) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Isaac Smith (196-F/C) plays for Buccaneers in Australian State League

Notice: The list above includes only some of the New Zealand playing currently abroad. Go to New Zealand Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  NIGERIA  


Ekpe Udoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Nigerians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 80-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Udoh scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(141-242) and FT: 62.3% in 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy). Ejim led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 12th-ranked Openjobmetis VA (12-16) 87-81 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Ejim recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (19-9) is placed second in the Serie A. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Ejim's first year with the team. This season Ejim has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 68.5% in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian national team in 2012.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). He could not help Al Riyadi (6-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Aminu's very good performance the first-placed Al Riyadi (6-0) was edged 81-78 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Sagesse (#4) in the Group B. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Aminu also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It's Aminu's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(163-296), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 61.8%. Aminu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #4. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Banco di Srd's victory against the tenth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-16) 87-79 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Lawal recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (17-11) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Lawal averages: 10.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.2bpg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2013.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #5. International forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers (41-40) were crushed 128-103 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. Aminu was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Aminu's stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.6apg. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #6. Center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Toyotsu FE (39-17) in their last game. Despite Alabi's very good performance Toyotsu FE (#2) lost 67-76 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Tokyo Excellence in the Central group. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 22 rebounds. Alabi also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Alabi has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4bpg in 54 games. Alabi is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (15-15) in their last game. Despite Odiakosa's very good performance STB Le Havre lost 80-89 in Vichy to the lower-ranked (#14) JA Vichy. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. It was STB Le Havre's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Odiakosa's stats this year are: 14.0ppg and 9.5rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team thirteen years ago.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #8. An experienced power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Balikesir (6-21) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Balikesir lost 77-84 in Istanbul to the higher-ranked (#10) BBSK. Ofoegbu had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ofoegbu averaged so far 12.0ppg and 4.6rpg in 27 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ofoegbu plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #9. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Roseto (17-13) crushing them 76-53 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, had 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 5 balls. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (21-9) is placed first in East group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Ebi Ere
Ebi Ere
   #10. Swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, agency: Two Points, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy (7-22) in their last game. Despite Ere's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy lost 77-85 in Villeurbanne to the much higher-ranked (#9) ASVEL Lyon- Basket. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Ere also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Ere averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg in 13 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ere is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help Zenit Saint Petersburg in a victory against the tenth-ranked Avtodor 89-78 in the VTB United League last Thursday. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 14 minutes. This year Mbakwe's overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 3.8rpg in 19 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Mbakwe plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. International point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Okapi Aalstar (17-16) in their last game. Despite Uzoh's good performance Okapi Aalstar was crushed 100-73 in Limburg by the lower-ranked (#6) United. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 22 minutes. This year Uzoh's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg in seven games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Uzoh is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

   #13. International center Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (207-85, college: Maryland, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Usak Sportlif in their game against Tofas in the Turkish BSL. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 19 minutes. His team lost 69-82. Ibekwe has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5bpg in 13 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Ibekwe is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. International shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (196-86, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 85-76 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Oguchi scored 29 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 4 steals. This season Oguchi has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. Oguchi plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #15. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Gunma in their game against Aomori Watts in the Japanese B League D2. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team lost 78-85. Kuso averaged so far 13.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7bpg in 56 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Nigerian passport but never been selected to any of Nigerian national teams:

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were edged 92-89 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He was the top scorer with 34 points. Antetokounmpo also added 9 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.3apg, 1.8bpg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Experienced Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Iran) was not able to help Tabriz (3-3) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Tabriz (#3) was crushed 106-77 in Abadan by the leading Naft in the Group 1. Ebi was the top scorer with 37 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Ebi's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Ebi has very high stats. He averages: 27.7ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.3spg.

   #3. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Glasgow Rocks to a 2-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (8-26) 72-70 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Achara was the top player that evening. He recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Glasgow Rocks (21-12) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Achara has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7bpg. Achara is another player who holds two passports: Scottish and Nigerian.

   #4. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (11-22) 101-89 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Owumi recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists in 33 minutes. London Lions (18-15) is placed sixth in the BBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Owumi averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg in 33 games he played so far. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities.

   #5. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, agency: Alti Sport, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Openjobmetis VA (12-16) in their game against Umana Venezia (19-9) in the Italian Serie A. Anosike recorded 9 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. But Openjobmetis VA was defeated 87-81 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Anosike's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 11.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Micheal Eric (210-F/C-88, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help RETAbet BB (12-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB was crushed 82-55 in Badalona by the lower-ranked Joventut (#13). Eric was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 2 shots. Eric's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #7. Etinosa Erevbenagie (186-G-95, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kavala in their game against Doukas in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 17 points. Erevbenagie also added 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Erevbenagie averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg. He has Nigerian and Greek nationalities.

   #8. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Iceland) couldn't help KR in their game against Grindavik in the Icelandic Dominos League. Despite his very good performance last Thursday Alawoya recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Alawoya has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg. Alawoya holds both American and Nigerian passports. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #9. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93, college: Longwood, currently plays in Argentina) led Alianza Viedma to a victory over the sixth-ranked Gimnasia LP crushing them 96-68 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Sunday night. Nwogbo was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Nwogbo averaged so far 14.0ppg and 7.6rpg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. David Okeke (202-F/C-98, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Auxilium TO in their game against Banco di Srd in the Italian Serie A. Okeke recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 79-87. Okeke has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.3rpg in 16 games.



Monthey signs Michael Efevberha - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey (LNA) signed 33-year old Nigerian ex-international guard Michael Efevberha (193-89kg-84, college: CS Northridge). He just played at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 23.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg this season. Efevberha also played earlier that season for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL where in 14 Pepsi LBL games he recorded 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (112th overall).
The former Cal State - Northridge standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Lebanese Cup final in 2016. Efevberha was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year back in 2011. Strangely he also played for Nigerian National Team in 2009.
Efevberha played at the WABA Club Championships this year.
He is quite experienced player. Efevberha has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Blue Whales, Xinjiang Flying Tige and Hualan), Dominican Rep., France (Cholet Basket), New Zealand (Saints), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Czech Republic (CEZ Nymburk) and D-League (Springfield A.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PANAMA  


Jaime Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Panamanians who are currently playing abroad.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay). He could not help Hebraica (10-4) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (10-4) lost 80-86 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#4) Malvin in the Promocional 1 group. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 11.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(113-176) and FT: 62.1% in 23 games he played so far. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He managed to help Weber Bahia Blanca Basket to win against the leader San Martin Corrientes (36-14) 82-70 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Levy recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. Weber Bahia Blanca Basket (28-19) is placed third. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Levy averages: 6.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.9%(97-162), 3FGP: 30.9% and FT: 58.0%. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jaime Lloreda. But that was another game of his team in Uruguayan LUB which we would like to mention. Hicks was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the fourth-ranked Malvin (7-7) 88-80 in a derby game. He scored 17 points in 34 minutes. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (10-4) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. It's Hicks' first season with the team. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 39.8% and FT: 77.9% in 29 games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague (8-43) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ayarza's very good performance Echague (#10) was edged 91-89 on the road by the lower-ranked Boca Juniors (#10) in the Norte group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ayarza also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Ayarza has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Panamanian passport:

   #1. Nate Butler Lind (198-SG-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Puerto Rico). Butler Lind could not help Indios (3-7) to beat Santeros (10-1). He scored 9 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. But Indios lost 77-91 on the road to the leading Santeros. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Butler Lind's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.9apg in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Despite Butler Lind's Panamanian passport, he previously played for the Puerto Rican U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Panamanian team.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Gabriel Giron (190-G-88) plays for Fuerza Regia in Mexican LNBP
Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) plays for Trouville in Uruguayan LUB
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Javier Carter (203-C-91) plays for Soles in Mexican LNBP
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) plays for Boca Juniors in Argentinian LigaA
Gil Atencio (201-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Andres Bravo (203-F-96) plays for St.Clair College in CCAA
Tymell Murphy (196-F-90) plays for Kagoshima in Japanese B League D2
Antonio Bumpus (190-SG-89) plays for Pioneros in Mexican Regional
Amir Alvarado (198-SF-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Panamanian playing currently abroad. Go to Panamanian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.19.5 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.3 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia16.9 
 4. Prostak, Pogon P.16.6 
 5. Mazur, GKS Tychy15.4 
 6. Sroka, Sokol Lancut15.4 
 7. Wrobel, AZS A.15.1 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.8 
 9. Bluma, Nysa K.14.5 
 10. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.6 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.3 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.6 
 4. Grod, Notec Inowr.7.0 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.9 
 6. Bluma, Nysa K.6.8 
 7. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.7 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.6 
 9. Szwed, Znicz B.6.4 
 10. Kiwilsza, Polonia .6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa6.7 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.5.7 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.3 
 4. Kordalski, Znicz B.5.2 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.1 
 6. Filipiak, GTK G.5.1 
 7. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.9 
 8. Zywert, Sokol L.4.9 
 9. Dzierzak, Kotwica4.8 
 10. Maciejewski, Notec I.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.2 
 3. Zych, AZS A.2.0 
 4. Filipiak, GTK G.2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.9 
 7. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.8 
 8. Mazur, GKS Tychy1.8 
 9. Wlodarczyk, AZS A.1.8 
 10. Gospodarek, Astoria .1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.6 
 2. Lisewski, Notec I.1.4 
 3. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.3 
 4. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 5. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 6. Pytys, Spojnia0.9 
 7. Bodych, Kotwica0.8 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.8 
 9. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.8 
 10. Bluma, Nysa K.0.7 



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  PUERTO RICO  

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Michael ROSARIO
  Quebradillas
  (190-SG-90)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Rosario, Quebradillas26.1 
 2. Arroyo, Fajardo20.5 
 3. Liz, Ponce20.5 
 4. Costner, Humacao20.4 
 5. Warrick, Ponce19.8 
 6. Huertas, Arecibo19.5 
 7. Wilkins, Guayama17.8 
 8. Laury, Mayaguez17.3 
 9. De-Jesus, Mayaguez17.2 
 10. Akindele, Bayamon16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devon COLLIER
  Mayaguez
  (203-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Collier, Mayaguez10.4 
 2. Akindele, Bayamon10.3 
 3. Dawson, Ponce10.1 
 4. Famous, Humacao8.9 
 5. Laury, Mayaguez8.6 
 6. James, Fajardo8.5 
 7. Behanan, Arecibo8.3 
 8. James, Fajardo8.0 
 9. Smith, Quebradillas7.6 
 10. Williams, Guayama7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Fitch, Quebradillas7.8 
 2. Garcia, Quebradillas6.6 
 3. Guzman, Humacao6.4 
 4. Abreu, Aguada6.3 
 5. Browne, San German6.1 
 6. Arroyo, Fajardo6.0 
 7. Smith, Quebradillas5.6 
 8. Gonzalez, Bayamon5.5 
 9. Torres, Ponce5.0 
 10. Huertas, Arecibo4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Victor LIZ
  Ponce
  (188-SG-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Liz, Ponce2.0 
 2. Smith, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Duran, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Chaney, Quebradillas1.6 
 5. Carmona, Quebradillas1.5 
 6. Belardo, Ponce1.5 
 7. Emory, Ponce1.5 
 8. De-Jesus, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Browne, San German1.4 
 10. Collier, Mayaguez1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Fajardo
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. James, Fajardo2.3 
 2. Diaz, Quebradillas1.6 
 3. Penn, Guayama1.6 
 4. Lalanne, Arecibo1.3 
 5. Smith, Quebradillas1.3 
 6. Akindele, Bayamon1.1 
 7. Hernandez, Quebradi.1.1 
 8. Behanan, Arecibo0.9 
 9. Gaston, Aguada0.9 
 10. Dawson, Ponce0.8 


BSN Round 11: Leader Santeros get another victory - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

Leader Santeros delivered the tenth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Fajardo (5-5) 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fajardo. The game without a history. Santeros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Santeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) who scored 19 points and 9 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros (10-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Leones (#3) in Juana Diaz in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fajardo will play on the road against Vaqueros in Bayamon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in San German was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leones (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Atleticos (3-8). Leones defeated Atleticos 102-87. American power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Victor Liz contributed with 21 points for the winners. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 11 points for Atleticos. Atleticos' coach rotated fifteen players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Leones. They moved-up to third place. Atleticos lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Guayama. Leones will play against league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atleticos will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Arecibo, where higher ranked Capitanes (4-6) lost at home to tenth ranked Brujos (3-8) 66-74 on Thursday. It was a great evening for Darnell Hinson who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. David Huertas responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Capitanes' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brujos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with San German. Capitanes lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keep the sixth position with six games lost. Brujos will meet at home league's second-placed Caciques in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capitanes will play against the league's second-placed Caciques (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mayaguez. Local Indios (3-7) were outscored by ninth ranked Vaqueros (3-7) 79-54. It was a quality performance for Hector Hernandez who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vaqueros moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Mayaguez. Vaqueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fajardo (#5) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

San German - Ponce 87-102

The game in San German was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Leones (7-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Atleticos (3-8). Leones defeated Atleticos 102-87. The game was mostly controlled by Leones. Atleticos was better in fourth quarter 28-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Leones players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Atleticos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Hakim Warrick (206-82, college: Syracuse) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Dominican Victor Liz (188-86, agency: Basket Management Solutions) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Leones players scored in double figures. Cuban center Ismael Romero (203-91, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 11 points and forward Benito Santiago (198-89, college: Cumberlands, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 11 points in the effort for Atleticos. Atleticos' coach rotated fifteen players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Leones. They moved-up to third place. Atleticos lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with Guayama. Leones will play against league's leader Santeros in Coamo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atleticos will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
San German: I.Romero 11+4reb+1ast, C.Fells 11+2reb+1ast, B.Santiago 11+3reb, I.Sosa Carrion 8+1reb+3ast, C.Lopez-Sosa 8+5reb, W.Cruz 7+3reb+4ast
Ponce: V.Liz 21+3reb+2ast, H.Warrick 19+9reb+5ast, C.Emory 15+5reb+2ast, G.Belardo 13+3reb+2ast, E.Gonzalez 8+1reb+3ast, G.Colon 8+4reb+2ast
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Fajardo - Aguada 76-91

Leader Santeros delivered the tenth win on Friday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Fajardo (5-5) 91-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fajardo. The game without a history. Santeros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Santeros looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was international point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia) who scored 19 points and 9 assists. Dominican guard Rigoberto Mendoza (190-92) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) produced 25 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Miguel-Ali Berdiel (198-83, college: Valparaiso) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santeros (10-1) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place. Fajardo at the other side keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Santeros are looking forward to face Leones (#3) in Juana Diaz in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fajardo w